“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.”
How well do you pay attention to what you’re paying attention to?
Life is in constant motion, it’s measured in seconds, minutes, hours, years. Even when you’re asleep, there are things happening which will have some impact your life. Throughout the motions of life, some of you will go through spend your time watching, listening or reading the news, hearing friends, co-workers, neighbours and those around us talk about all the awful things that are happening in their lives, the lives of the people they know, or the world in general. All this chit-chatter makes it easy to fall into negative and unhappy space those people have created for themselves.
There’s no rule that says you have to be trapped in this space or focus on all that negativity and unhappiness. Your willingness to step away from all that gives you the opportunity to create your own space free from all that, space where you can accept the fact that life is simply beautiful and amazing. It may not seem so sometimes, but it is and the power to choose makes it so. You have a choice to be pulled into that vortex of all things negative and a choice to step away from it all focusing on all the positive things in your life.
Of course the negative happen. I’m not saying they don’t!
But you have to understand and realise that every second, minute, hour of every day you have the power of choice. We can focus on all the bad things, let them control your thoughts, and end up feeling worried, depressed and discouraged. Or, we can focus on and think about all the positive people and things in your life, and in the world. I can’t say that I’ve perfected this art because there are still some things that pinch my soul and I find myself in that empty space of negativity and unhappiness. In reality, the positive and negative, good and bad, and joyful and tragic things will all always there; the difference for each of us is what we choose to pay attention to.
The next few months of this year, I’m reflecting on how important it is for me to pay attention to what I’m paying attention to. I’m going to make a point noticing and appreciate the good, being consciously grateful for everything. I will consciously pay attention to what I’m paying attention to!
~Have a wonderful Thursday
©Etta D. Richards