The Thriver’s Toolbox: Thought Patterns

 

The Thriver’s Toolbox: Thought Patterns

For much of my life I expected things to go wrong. It seems like I was afraid of everything. These days, I feel much different. Well, you knew that from my “identity”–April Optimist. I had a reminder of how important it is that we learn to choose how we look at situations.

Right before I left for the east coast, I posted about frustration with my ex-husband and his relationship with my daughter. I refocused and asked myself what good could come out of it and spoke to both. Upshot? He made time for her and they talked about some very important things and she again has faith her father loves and accepts her. They have talked in ways they never did before.

While I was on my trip, my laptop screen went dead. My first reaction? How terrible! How unfair! I mean, the thing is only around 2 years old! Then I refocused. Realized how lucky I was. It happened while I was staying with friends who had an external monitor I could use. It turned out my laptop is still under warranty–for a couple more weeks. It turned out I’d gotten on site service so they came to my house–when I got back home–to fix the laptop. I wasn’t, at the moment, teaching an online class. In other words, I am very, very lucky.

The thing is, I could have put my energy and emotions into anger and frustration in both cases. I could have seen myself as cursed. Instead, good things came out of both situations. Definitely a reminder to let myself believe things can go well for me, things can turn out okay, I can be lucky.

It isn’t always easy to stop and ask myself that key question: What good is there or could there be about this situation? Sometimes that’s the last thing I feel like asking. But these two things were a powerful reminder of why that IS what I want to do.

Here’s hoping you’re able to see good–or the potential for good–in the challenges in your life, too. Sending blessings and safe and gentle (((((((hugs))))))),
April_optimist

PS I am soooo way behind on things between the trip and needing to get my laptop fixed. I’m going to try to visit blogs in the next couple of days.

 

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