Imagine if you were able to go through an entire day not complaining or being knocked off your center by circumstance.
We are constantly surrounded by a variety of different types of situations that can change in an instant. When I stop to think about just HOW many things go “right” in any given hour I am humbled.
Think about all the electronics (phones, computers, clocks, refrigerators, etc.) and the electricity and running water and signal lights and traffic and OTHER PEOPLE we depend on in any given moment.
SOOOO many things can go “wrong” in any given moment. But when you compare what actually DOES go wrong with what COULD go wrong, it is miraculous! So what would happen if instead of focusing on what is not right about this circumstance right now in this moment, you focused instead on what you were feeling INSIDE?
Just yesterday I was trying to buy a little 1.5 volt battery at the Battery Store on my way to my local park. I had exactly 28 minutes to get some running/walking intervals in before my next client call. I really needed some fresh air and exercise but I was also on a time crunch.
It would have only taken a few minutes to buy that battery for my office clock but as fate would have it, there were 2 gentlemen in front of me that each ended up taking well over 6 minutes to make their purchases before I could make my own.
I was pleasant and chatty with the men as the clerk took his time (unbearably slowwwwly) to resolve their issues. I thought about leaving but now I had “sunk costs” in the time I had waited and it couldn't possibly take THAT much longer, could it?
That was when I realized that for want of that battery, the clock was lost. For lack of the clock, my track of time was lost (I had been by on a walk the night before and missed the store hours by 15 minutes). So for lack of getting there the night before, my run was lost.
This is a trite example, but it's important because of how I found myself dealing with it. I left the store grateful for the new battery that would help keep me on time.
I used the remaining 12 minutes to run TO the park, (grateful for my health, my legs and feet, and for the close proximity (I think that may be redundant?) to home).
I walked a short distance enjoying the trees and geese, (and minimal goose poop on the path), (grateful for the trees and grass and pond and sunshine and not living in a war zone) and ran home in time for my call.
So this is a SMALL example of not trading my circumstances for my well being.
I chose gratitude in each moment that I could think of it and it made for an amazing experience instead of frustration and irritation and stress.
I'll share more on a BIGGER scale in the coming weeks. Play with finding gratitude in as many moments as you can until then...
Be The Source of Your Own Well Being,