It’s been a crazy month and it seems like everything went haywire at once. One of us got sick, with multiple doctor and hospital visits plus medication, the car warranty that was supposed to cover everything didn’t, my glasses needed to be changed, and a breaker and the heat pump were in dire need of immediate attention.
All this chaos reminded me of a session I had with my life coach. We met on Skype and this one particular day I had a laundry list of complaints about life, and couldn’t wait for our session to begin. I was going to get things off my chest come Hell or high water.
I was about halfway through my complaint list of things that were going wrong, when my life coach stopped me. That was highly annoying since I was only halfway done.
“Ok, let me ask you, what’s going right?” Wow, I’d have to give that some thought. Who knew he was going to throw that kind of curveball at me?
I was still above ground so that was a plus, I had a warm house to live in, my marriage was good, we weren’t flat broke, and I had pizza for lunch (always a plus in my book).
Once I got started it was hard to stop, and I could have filled part of a notebook with all the things that were going right.
My cranky mood lifted, and we decided that each night before bedtime I would list three things that went right, and why. Now, when those frantic days come, this simple exercise helps me keep things in perspective.
Let me give you some examples:
I was tempted to eat too much cake, but chose fruit instead. Why? I want to watch my weight and eat healthier foods.
I kept calm when the heater repairman said I owed $500. Why? Getting upset won’t solve anything and I knew the repairs would be expensive. Now I am toasty warm instead of freezing cold.
Try this simple exercise before bedtime and see how many things are going right in your life.