Sometimes a change in focus is all we need to get back on track and heading along the path to accomplishing our goals. At a time when the economy continues to sputter along, we’re all looking for signs of hope, indicators that everything is going to be okay. Setting your sights on the good in front of you, in any given situation, is a surefire way to stay in the moment and make the moment good.
As cliché as it sounds, life has a way of working itself out and, as annoying as it may be, hindsight is 20/20. Believing things exist as they’re meant to takes the pressure off and more importantly, allows you to find the good in every day. Focus on the good to reap these benefits:
Life is full of “what if’s?” and “how will I’s?” Those questions are the root of the stress we carry with us each day. Setting worries aside means alleviating the stress associated with them as well. The bottom line is that in our busy lives, stress exists. We must mitigate it at every turn. Change your focus from concern with what will be to love of what is and you’ll be on your way.
Amidst three raucous kids and two playful Labrador Retrievers, my husband and I often remark that we just want a peaceful home. It’s not that we wish for the noises to stop, they’re part of that peaceful home we strive for. However, when the kids argue or the dogs get more playful than usual, we miss that sense of contentment right away. Focusing on the good and helping the family (and even the dogs!) do the same, resets the peaceful tone for all.
When you approach any given situation with an eye zeroed in on the good, gratitude naturally follows. For instance, if your child is whining, but you look past the behavior to relish their adorable young face, you can’t help but feel good and thankful. And remember, gratitude begets more gratitude. Focus on the good and you’ll soon find gratitude is your go-to feeling.
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