Changing the Way You Look at Things

Six thousand, two hundred… that’s how many thoughts the average person has in a day.

How many of your 6,000+ thoughts per day do you remember? How many do you act on? How many of those are aligned with who you are and what you want to do? 

How many of those are positive thoughts? Thoughts of gratitude? Creative thoughts?

How many of those thoughts are making your life or the lives of others better?

Recently, my own thoughts became a focal point for me. I was scheduled to have some minor surgery. Even thought I consider myself young and healthy (29 years and holding) I still found myself thinking about the “what if?”

What if …I didn’t come out from under the anesthesia? What if …something went wrong? What if …I had a stroke or heart attack while on the table?

Crazy right?!  Unnecessary thoughts considering that lots of people have had the same surgery, with very few encountering any major issues. (Helpful information, but that did not seem to still my mind or calm my jitters.)

In the weeks leading up to the day of surgery, not only did I find myself playing the “what if” game, but more importantly I began thinking about “what’s important to me,” what have I left unsaid, and to whom.

My first thoughts were those of family and friends who play such a big part in my life and for which I am so grateful. My mind then went to places I’ve been, and experiences I’ve had.

Then something else began to happen…

I began to see, really “see” sunrises and sunsets. I’d wake up early just so I could watch the sun come up, and hopefully get a picture of a beautiful sunrise, or catch a glimpse of a full moon shining so beautifully in the sky and upon the mountains below.

“Seeing” was just the first step…. I realized that by focusing on something beautiful each morn, my day started out differently… Instead of my mind racing with a mile-long to-do list, my days began with gratitude and a positive attitude that extended throughout the entire day.

Even now, with the successful surgery behind me, the practice of how I start each day is very much still with me, and has become a wonderful new way of “being.”

How do you start your day?

  • What are you looking at – either with your eyes… or your mind?
  • Are you thinking about who and what are important to you?
  • “IF” today was your last day, have you left anything unsaid or undone?
  • How do you want to show up today for yourself… for others?
  • Who and what are you grateful for?

Wayne Dyer once said, “Change the Way You Look at Things and the Things You Look at Change.”

When you change what you look at… when you search only for the good, then your life becomes the amazing adventure it was designed to be.

I encourage you to make a list of at least ten things for which you are grateful. It can be people, experiences or qualities within yourself. Commit to looking at this list once a day for 30 days.  Feel free to add to it as new items come to mind.

At the end of 30 days, hit the “pause” button… how has your perspective changed? Do you find yourself focusing more on the “good” things in life?

Make a note of the changes and BE GRATEFUL for the changes you have made in yourself!!


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