Day 191 - A New Week
Monday, June 08, 2015
Another Monday, another start to the week.... I have been working really hard at being happy about Mondays, when there's a part of me that still feels like staying in bed, pulling the covers up over my head, and hitting the snooze button.
Like an new pattern that slowly becomes a habit, staying positive has been my mantra for the past 13 months. Since the accident, I've really tried my best to keep upbeat, because truly the alternative just isn't that appealing. Why would anyone choose to be miserable? I know that each person's life experience is different, and for some it is really tough to smile. But I can tell you that if life throws you a curveball and you make the effort to see the good in the situation, your situation just naturally improves!
Case in point: my parents are moving to an independent living facility where they will have their own apartment, but the complex provides all their meals. My mother really wants this - she wants to let my dad out of the kitchen (he does the cooking), and they are eager to make this change. Unfortunately, all my mom can do is fret over what to do with their stuff - extra clothes, table linens, decorative items, furniture, etc. She wants a new sofa, so that means the old living room set will have to go. She worries about everything. This should be an exciting time for them, and all my mother can see are clouds.
I try to encourage her to see the bright side, but for her, it's just not in her DNA. But oh, how much better her life would be if she could see the good, rather than the bad. All I can do is pray that she will get through this, because I know that it's unlikely that she will ever change.
Can you see the positive in your own situation, even when it seems bleak? I encourage you to see at last one good thing in your life when you're feeling bad.
Bad: you got in trouble at work.
Good: you learned something that will help you avoid the trouble in the future.
Bad: you skipped your workout this morning.
Good: you realized how much you missed it, and re-commit to doing it for sure tomorrow.
Bad: you had a bite of something that was not on your eating plan.
Good: you congratulate yourself on stopping after a bite!
There is ALWAYS something good in every situation. All you need to do is find it.
Keep Sparking, friends!