It takes no more energy to think a good thought than it does to think a bad, or negative thought. Yet, those negative thoughts seem to come so much more easily. When someone cuts you off as you are driving down the road, doesn’t it instantly make you mad? In a flash, your head fills with four letter words. It is, however, entirely possible that the person who just cut you off was not just being an ass because they don’t care about anyone else. Maybe they just found out that their mother was in a horrible accident, and they are rushing to the hospital. You never know. Why then, did they give you the finger as they cut you off? Well, maybe they are an ass, whose mother was just in a horrible accident. The point is, why not choose the better thought? Not that their mother being in a wreck is good, but the fact that they maybe kind of had a reason for their actions. I guarantee you will be happier and have a better day, if you choose to stay positive. Shouldn’t that be a goal for us everyday, to have a good day?
Have you ever had a day when everything seems to go wrong? You have an appointment, or have to get to work, and maybe you over slept, and you couldn’t find your car keys and traffic was bad, so you were late to your appointment or to work. No matter what the scenario, instead of stressing out over everything that went wrong, try just ignoring it all and consider the idea that everything just went right. Maybe by being slowed down at every turn and causing you to be late, it also meant that you avoided hitting a deer that would have crossed your path if you had been on time. You never know. So what if you are a few minutes late. I don’t think you would want to make it a habit, but, chill out (see blog post 7) and choose to think about your day in a more positive way.
I’m not always a glass half full kind of person. Some days, all I have is a ring on the coffee table where my glass used to be. I think that came from Roseanne Barr, years ago, and I think she was spot on. But whenever you can, give yourself a break from the negative in your life and consciously choose good thoughts.