So, readers, how did your treasuring exercise go from last week? Were you able to capture ten minutes every day? What are your results?
Today, we have an exercise in finding the bright side.
The difference between a glass being half full and half empty boils down to choice. How you choose to look at it. We all have our first reaction to the glass, but we don’t always realize we can change that perception. If we want to. Here’s a quick and probably terribly obvious way to create a silver lining in what may be a dark cloud in your day or life:
1. State an event or memory that causes you to feel down or regretful.
While four months pregnant, I got fired from my job for my sales falling below monthly goal for two consecutive months.
2. Allow yourself to feel, really feel the emotion attached to this statement.
Ouch. Ew. Embarrassment. Failure. Shame. It’s in my belly and tightens my throat.
3. Now, flip it around. Do it with gratitude and enthusiasm.
Thank goodness I got fired while I was pregnant because I needed to be on bed rest anyhow since I kept having pre-term labor! I am so glad I didn’t make my sales goals because I hated selling and now will never try that again. Ever! What a relief!
4. Allow yourself to feel the new emotional impact. Allow yourself to see that what are often first seen as failures or mistakes are really just detours on to a better road. Hindsight is 20/20, right?
5. Anchor that new feeling with action.
Write a thank you note to the person who rejected you, who looked down at you, who wronged you. Thank them for the good things that resulted. If you aren’t yet sure what those wonderful things are, predict what they will be.
Thank you for firing me rather than finding a more suitable position for me in the company. I was able to start an early maternity leave that turned into being a stay home mom and allowed me to fulfill my life long dream of becoming an author. Had you not been so strict and inflexible, I might not have begun writing during my son’s naptimes. I might still be working for you instead. Thank goodness that didn’t happen, right?! Really, I should probably dedicate a book to you.
:} I gotta say. That felt sooooo good.