Focus on the good
One of the greatest game-changers in my life for getting through tough times, has been to maintain a daily habit of writing down one good thing about the day at the very end of it. The idea behind this? No matter how rough or challenging a day has been, you can always find something positive about it. Even if all you can muster recalling is “a good cup of coffee” or “a hot shower”. It gives the soul a little boost and refocuses the mind on the present rather than on fears or worries that sneak in and try to consume us.
In addition to my daily practice of writing down “one positive thing” that happened during the day, I have begun including five things I’m grateful for. For example: my pets, a working car, a job, a quiet place to live, a new friend, a good book. This gratitude list has become an essential part of my morning routine and I invite you to try it. I know it’s helped me focus on the good when my brain wants to wander off on paths it shouldn’t even begin on.
This week started off for me with an unexpected visit to the hospital for a test, which led to another test, which led to a total of six hours lying in a hospital bed.
Certainly, there are a ton of us out there right now who are concerned for our health and how we’re going to pay for the medical bills we’re collecting. It’s a huge concern and I know how challenging it is to stay upbeat during a time when there is so much uncertainty lingering about.
I lean on my Wednesday’s List, and my writing of my one-positive-thing-a-day journal writing to keep my spirits in check. I’m determined not to let 2020 win! I am going on to the next year with hope!
My wish for everyone is that we stay strong and do our best to remain positive. Hug a puppy if you must!
Consider your list
Sometimes we need that little reminder that blue skies still exist on the other side of the clouds. That they’re always there.
It’s my intent that “Wednesday’s List” serve as a little pick-me-up mid-week. It’s simply a list of three things to make you pause and ponder. Maybe it’ll bring to mind some (little or big) things bringing joy to your life right now.
If you can relate to something on the list, please comment below or feel free to add your own three positive things from the week–I’d love to celebrate them with you.
I think this ongoing list could be pretty fun to work on as a community, so here’s my entry for this week:
What’s on your list this week? Please share something positive below: