Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.
So many people I talk with today seem to have a motto "same %#*!, different day". They are filled with despair and dissatisfaction.
One day I was riding my bicycle, pedalling feverishly, head down and watching the pavement speed by. When I looked up I saw I was heading straight for a parked van on the side of the road. I couldn't take my eyes off the van and I knew I was going to plow right into it. I had plenty of time to swerve..but for some reason my mind could do nothing but focus on that van which seemed to turn into a giant magnetic force. I said to myself "I'm going to hit that van". Sure enough...I ran right into it. Laying on the ground scraped and a little dazed, all I could really think about was why hadn't I swerved to avoid it? To this day I don't know why my body froze and did nothing to save itself.
Life is like that sometimes. When we have a problem all of our focus is on that problem. It acts like a giant magnet as it saps our energy and leaves us exhausted, while it continues to pulls us into it. It consumes our minds and leaves us no time for other thoughts. We even forget about the good things in our life that we have to be thankful for.
If you're reading this, I imagine you have at least one of the following ~ food to eat... A family to love or friends who care about you. Shelter, health, faith in a higher power.
The list of all we have to be grateful for could go on for pages and pages so I ask you ~ Are you devoting the same amount of time to 'gratitude' as you are to 'worry and despair'? Or are looking at your problems through binoculars that block out everything around you EXCEPT for the problem. Do you complain about working 5 times as hard for half the money or are you grateful that you have a job?
Maybe it's time to step back and re-evaluate your priorities and change what you are focusing on. Because here's the thing...if you don't like where you are or the direction your life is taking you, YOU are the only person who can change that.
If your cup is always half empty and you constantly grumble and complain...I guarantee you, life will give you nothing but more to grumble and complain about. BUT if you CHOOSE to focus on all you have to be thankful for and live a life of GRATITUDE, life will give you more to be grateful for and even the things that look like a problem will shrink in scale.
Try it. Change your focus. Stop giving your problems the power to suck you in. Really ~ it's up to you to swerve to miss the van on the side of the road.
Amy Jones, REALTOR, ABR, CNE, EPro, CDPE
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