How did you start your morning? Pondering your “to do” list? Feeling frustration with a work challenge? Feeling overwhelmed with life? What if there was a way to change the course of your day so that by every evening, you end the day with a smile? It turns out we all have the ability to find the best in every day.
Remember the giddy excitement you felt as a child the morning of your birthday and holidays? You KNEW it was going to be a great day and you took notice of all of the wonderful things that happened throughout the day. That same philosophy can be incorporated into your morning and it will change your outlook on life.
If you start your day with the expectation that something great is going to happen, you will start watching for and appreciating those amazing moments throughout the day. It’s a gift that only you can give yourself.
The life’s challenges ebb and flow throughout the years. Rarely is there a day without some type of stressor, but deciding to focus on the positive will change your outlook. The guy who cut you off in traffic may be heading to a chemotherapy appointment. The coworker who is not pulling her weight on a project may be struggling with depression or financial problems.
When your blood pressure begins to rise with the insignificant problems in life, take a deep breath and feel grateful that you are not heading to the emergency room with a chronically ill child or arranging for hospice for a loved one. On those days when you find yourself struggling with a truly significant challenge, remember that there are rainbows in every storm. You might have to search but they are out there waiting for you to discover them.
As a gentle reminder… tomorrow is not guaranteed for anyone. You have been given the gift of this day. While your schedule may be predetermined by your responsibilities, your perspective is your own to choose. Start your morning with the anticipation that something great will happen… big or small… and be watchful.
And as you lay your head on your pillow tonight, take a moment to recount those positive highlights.
Expecting a wonderful day becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy that leads to a healthier, happier life – why not start today?