This is good because…
How often do we really stop to appreciate the little things in life? It so easy to forget about the little moments of joy, or the really simple everyday things, until we no longer have them or are faced with challenges.
It’s so easy for us to quickly jump to see the negative in something, feeling frustrated when we’re stuck in traffic, have a bad experience at a restaurant or we’re told we need to stay at home because of a world pandemic.
But the truth is, there are lots of good things in life.
Things we often forget about when we’re so focused on worrying about a ‘problem.’ I was guilty of this myself last summer, after my brain surgery. I’d get immensely frustrated when I couldn’t walk unassisted, blow out my bedroom candles, use the escalators whilst shopping with my family, use my right arm to write, or simply do anything that required a decent balance.
But I felt better when I was able to see the good in a situation.
I began to really appreciate the things I could do. I appreciated the realisation that I have so many people in my life that are quick to help me.
I appreciated the amazing NHS care I received, and still continue to, because I suddenly realised how important health is – not a project I was stressed about completing at work a few months before, or the outcome of an exam I was studying for.
I appreciated clear vision because even though it was double, I could still see and there was a time in hospital when I couldn’t, so I began to realise how truly amazing that was.
I know first hand how easy it is to forget to stop and see the things we’re fortunate to have. It’s something we’re all guilty of doing. But this daily bracelet reminder is designed to encourage you to find the positives whilst faced with challenges.
- Whilst in isolation right now, think “this is good because…” Maybe it’s that you have more time to spend with the people you’re isolated with, or that you have the time to learn that skill you always wanted to. Believe it or not, there are things about our lives right now that we’re going to miss.
- When you’re stuck in traffic, think “this is good because…” Maybe it’s good because you have more time to listen to your favourite music or audiobook, or you have more time alone to just breathe before you have to go inside to colleagues, or children etc.
- When it’s the morning and you’re really struggling to get out of bed for your gym session, think “this is good because…” Maybe it’s that you suddenly realise how fortunate you are to have the physical ability to workout in the first place. Or maybe you feel grateful for the strong legs and arms that you have to complete a workout.
Whatever it is, focus on learning from the adverse situation.
We’re always going to face challenges, no matter what. But regardless what happens to you in life, no matter how tough a situation can seem right now, or of how low the experienced emotions can make you feel, fill in the blank to “this is good because…” and allow yourself to feel good now.
Recognising how fortunate you are, allows you to have a clearer head, easily solve problems and attract better things.