This year, like so many, I have had my challenges navigating life and a business through the pandemic. You are not alone dear ones.
I would like to share my favorite, most effective tool.
Hint… it has to do with filling the “empty jar” in my mind with positive thoughts, gratitude, and reframing my experiences.
Honestly, I can say that I continue to experience peace and joy in the midst of stress, worries, challenges, and setbacks.
Let me share an example:
In the beginning of our state wide “stay at home” order, our dishwasher died and our wash machine did not drain all the water leaving the clothes a big sopping mess.
Rather than complain, which I wanted to mind you, I switched my thoughts to the following:
“Thank God I am healthy and can wash the dishes myself. I am grateful for warm water, soap, and the food I was able to eat on my dishes.”
When I went to put my laundry in the dryer, I thought:
“I can’t imagine the women of ages gone by that had to do all their laundry by hand. Thank God for the energy to wring out my laundry 🧺 by hand and the dryer that will dry the clothes I am blessed to wear.”
Forgive me if this sounds “Pollyanna-ish”. But truly, it made a difference in my outlook and my ability to cope with these two inconveniences.
Let’s consider the opposite approach for a moment.
“I can’t believe it. What a time for not one, but TWO appliances to go on the fritz. This just stinks. I think the whole world is against me. Ugh! Grr!!!” Insert 🤬😡😤 here.
I found myself actually frowning and furling my brow just typing those thoughts.
Even that realization makes me thankful that I did not take that approach! You see, I, like everyone was adjusting to everything that the pandemic required of us. It was not an easy time.
Setting our minds to choosing our outlook each day, boosts our mental and emotional resiliency to handle large and small challenges.
For those that are skeptical, I simply ask you to test it in your life.
Start with a Positive Word/Thought Jar.
Do it for a month.
Pause and reflect.
If you experience a positive difference (lowered stress level, more positive outlook, increased overall sense of well-being), repeat. ☺️
Blessings on your journey dear one,