So, last night this Weekend Reading List by Becoming Minimalist appeared in my Facebook news feed: Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.
I just read the first article How to Become a Luckier Person Overnight.
I am BEGGING everyone who is reading this to go, right now, and read this article. Yes, it’s long. Yes, it has lots of words in it but, please, humour me. I sincerely believe it has the ability to change your life. If you let it, it will show you how to be more like the person you’ve always wished you could be. If you don’t have time to read it now, then bookmark it and go back to it later when you have the time to really read it and pay attention.
The article talks about exploring gratitude in the most ridiculous circumstances. The author describes a situation where his storage locker was broken into and his bike was stolen. Damn, why are you still here? Just read it. My explanation will never do it justice. I was never any good at book reports. Just come back when you’re done, k? Pretty please?
Done? Ok. Here’s the thing. I’ve
always often been a silver lining girl. I am lucky in that I usually naturally see what’s good about even the most (seemingly) awful of situations. But, frankly, it’s a trait that annoys a lot of people.
For whatever reason, people who are not naturally inclined to look for the positives and feel at least a little bit grateful are often offended by people like me. They roll their eyes at the silver lining having decided in an instant that a situation is bad, all bad and nothing but bad. And, (it seems) they think that by acknowledging the good, the bad is being viewed as unimportant. And that anyone who points out the good is being dismissive. But, that’s not it. Every single situation can be both bad and good at the same time. But, choosing to look for the good, and then feeling grateful for the good, is the difference between a successful, happy life and a life where you are a victim every single day.
The author of this article did an extraordinary job describing how to mindfully explore what might be good about a situation. No one is saying you’re mandated to feel great about losing your job or finding out your kid is sick or having a fight with your spouse or breaking up with the person you think is the love of your life. You’re just encouraged to think about whether or not any part of a “bad” situation is good. And, if you find something good about it, which you invariably will, you’re encouraged to take a second to feel gratitude.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right…?
A great blogger I’ve talked about before has explored The Difference Between Knowing the Path and Walking the Path. I challenge all of us to walk this path of gratitude and to see and feel the light it brings into our lives.
Try it out and tell me what you think. Tell me if it has an impact on any part of your day. And click the share button below if you think it has the potential to improve the outlook of someone you know.