On Christmas morning I was watching my grandson open his presents. He was so excited with each new present. He seemingly became more excited with each unwrapping. As he picked up one he must have pushed one of its buttons. It began to play one of his favorite theme songs. He began dancing and jumping around right away. He didn’t even bother to unwrap it to see what else it could do or what it even was. He was just thrilled that a song he loves was playing from it. As I watched I thought about how as adults many of us forget to be excited about what we have and often focus on what we don’t have or what we have lost.
Life is harder when coming from a perspective of lack.
It’s more difficult to realize ways to improve the quality of life when you’re looking at what’s missing. One common misunderstanding is that being grateful equates to settling, this is so far from true. Focusing on what’s wrong can quickly bring anyone down. You may have heard the saying, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” – Albert Einstein. In other words if you see yourself lacking you can’t change it from that point of view. This is the perfect time to begin a practice of gratitude.
It amazes me when on a rare occasion I hear someone say they can’t think of anything to be grateful about. Being grateful is not about settling. I equate it more to seeing all that you do have and being aware of each thing. When you can honestly do so it’s as if a lever has been pulled and your brain literally begins to function differently. A daily gratitude practice is the perfect way to begin to rewire your brain.
You can easily go from the glass half empty to the glass half full point of view. There is always something to be thankful for and if you’re reading or hearing these words, that’s a good enough place to start. You have sight or hearing, maybe even both. You most likely have access to the internet. You are alive, which means that no matter how good or bad it is right now it can be different in 10 minutes or if you prefer, tomorrow. The point is this too shall pass and you can focus on what’s not right which will at the very least mark everything that’s wrong and exaggerate it or you can focus on everything that’s right about it and find out where that takes you.
Getting back to that half glass of water, what could you do with it? I imagine watering a plant that is drier than it should be, bringing it back to life. This in turn means that whatever insects or microorganisms live on the plant, the soil in anyway
or depend on it for life in anyway are also given another chance. I could drink the water, give it to a thirsty friend, dog or cat. I could use it to wash a window or several or even my hands. I could also hang on to it because I only have a small amount. If I hang onto it long enough it will evaporate and I’ll have just an empty glass in the end. The truth of the matter is there are many things that can be done with a half a glass of water. Isn’t it wonderful to have one?
A few years ago I published a daily gratitude list. I asked everyone to share their own list and many did. I ran my ever-changing daily list for well over a year. It was great fun and I from time to time I randomly publish one as a reminder to myself and others that there is always something to be grateful for. What could you do with a half glass of water? Can you see a silver lining in what originally appeared to be an unfortunate circumstance? I’d love to hear your perspective or experiences on this topic. Do you need help finding a silver lining and changing your focus? Sign up for a complimentary discovery session here.