What we focus on expands. The more were complain, the worse things get. It’s a universal law. OprahWinfrey
Remember the last time you considered buying a red sedan and everywhere you looked there were red sedans? The same is true of negative thinking, negative social media, negative cable news…more, more, more and the worse things seem to us.
Even in our personal lives, the more we focus on the negative and complain, the worse things seem to get. My step mother, Sylvia, used to say, “This too shall pass.” And sure enough it did/does. Yesterday some friends and I were remembering Hurricane Irma and how it brought out the best in so many people…the compassion, the caring. It renewed in us the sense that the world is mostly filled with good, caring people who want to take care of their friends, neighbors, and even total strangers. Focusing on the positive brought each one of us a sense of peace and hope for the world.
Affirmation: I choose the positive.
Coaching questions: What outside sources are feeding you? What have you done lately that shows your compassion to another? On what are you focusing?
If you want to be reminded of the love of the Lord, just watch the sunrise. Jeannette Walls, author of Half Broke Horses
Usually we have breakfast in the shade of our front porch after the sun has come up. Today I got up early so we were able to have breakfast on the back porch and watch the sun come up over Barfield Bay. What a glorious way to begin the day!
How we begin our day matters. If we sleep late and spend the rest of the day “catching up”, we only add to our anxiety and stress.
Starting the day with humor and a smile is also gratifying. So, in an effort to add more levity to my life (my new goal is to cultivate humor), here’s a quote from one of the funniest people I know, Tina Fey, from her book, Bossy Pants, “I was a little excited but mostly blorft. ‘Blorft’ is an adjective I just made up that means completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to the stress with the torpor of a possum. I have been blorft every day for the past seven years.” Tina Fey definitely needs to watch the sunrise while eating avocado toast.
Affirmation: I start my day with peace and, sometimes, humor.
Coaching questions: How do you start your day? Is it working for you? If not, what’s one thing you’re willing to change to make it better?