Do You Notice the Good Stuff?
Human beings are wired to notice the bad stuff in life. In fact, we are so good at noticing the bad stuff that we sometimes miss the good stuff.
And, most of the time, there are good things and bad things going on at the same time. By choosing to notice and affirm the good things, we can train our brains to bring those things to awareness rather than letting them slip past unnoticed.
Stop and Smell the Flowers
This morning, the kids were late for school. It was the first day that was cold enough for hats and gloves, and the kids decided they needed scarves, too. Eventually, one was ready and I went outside to encourage him into the car. In a moment of inspiration, I realized I had time to snap a photo of him because we were still waiting for the child inside. But, my intended model was my camera-shy child and I was not sneaky enough.
So, I ended up with this:
The beauty of the morning sunbeams caught by my camera took my breath away for a moment. I looked up and noticed this:
And, we were still late for school, but I was less stressed.
And that, my friends, is the power of noticing the good stuff.
Do you notice the good stuff? Or does the rough stuff get in the way?