Recognize the Good Things

We all go through tough times. I don’t know of anyone immune to that. When the circumstances in our lives feel challenging, it’s easy to lose sight of the good things. One part of my new year’s resolution has been to improve my ability to recognize, acknowledge and appreciate the sweet goodness in life every day, even when it is hard.

I have a journal that my daughter made for me and I wrote on the cover, “Notice Good Things.” I’ve challenged myself to write down at least 3 good things that happen to me over the course of each day until the journal is full. Writing down the good things makes me turn my attention toward the good. As I go through my day, I must pay attention, so I don’t overlook good things like someone letting me over into a driving lane during rush hour, or a surprise compliment from a stranger.

If I know I need to write them down, I’m more likely to recognize when something “good” is happening and acknowledge how often those moments actually do occur. When we focus on our busy lives, our “burdens, and responsibilities,” it is easy to overlook the good stuff, to let them pass unnoticed and unacknowledged. But life is really sweet most of the time. People are kind and caring most of the time. The world around us is full of beauty and awesome mystique all of the time, if we take the time notice.

We are bombarded with input every day. The more we can tune in or align ourselves with “good news,” the more it will appear as if life is mostly good. The result is that although the background of our lives won’t change that much, we will experience it differently when we choose to let the good things take priority in our awareness. We know good things are out there. We need to invite them into our lives, come to expect them as much as, if not more than we expect the national news media to tell us all the “bad” news.

Things are competing for our attention every minute. It is up to each of us to determine who and what will have access to it. This is not just a novel idea, your happiness depends on your being in control of your own awareness.

What you see, is what you get. . .

 

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