Focus on the Positive

Be Well Be Happy

When stuff happens, it is very hard to focus on anything positive. Yet, we always, always have positive things in our lives. We get caught up in whatever buttons are pressed or whatever seems to be wrong or whoever seems so self-righteous. And we have to deal with it.  We lose sight of what is miraculous, what is truly enjoyable, what is perfect. Maybe it is human nature. I don’t know. What I do know is through more awareness on my part, I am able to stop and focus on something positive to help me to deal with the ugly stuff. Through awareness we can arrest the thought process that keeps us dwelling on what is wrong.

What is awareness? Awareness could be a gut feeling or one that we take in through the senses. Stopping the hard stuff, the negative that is part of life, for a moment and asking, “what else is going on?” So yes, there is a shoot (sign of spring) coming from the ground—well maybe not yet—or a smile from someone that just gets you, or a dinner that is fabulous. These other things are the positive things in our lives. There are many. We just have to acknowledge them. Just like noting gratitude for our food, our water, our heat, etc., which I do say to myself on a daily basis, we can also acknowledge the daily positives—the miracles of life. 

When stuff happens, we are caught up and may lose our daily gratitude. But that is what keeps us from practicing awareness in all sides of our lives—positive and negative! It is like a trick that we have to get so that when we are in a not so good place, we recognize it immediately and engage our awareness to focus on positive things. 

Awareness, in my view, is the key to transforming our lives from “whatever” to “meaningful.” The only way to gain awareness is to stop the body and mind—to calm down and just be. Call it what you like—reflection, contemplation, meditation. “What is going on?”  Life spins every day. While there are many negative things around us even on a grander scale, focusing on the positive brings well-being on an individual basis. And any change happens one thing at a time, one person at a time, one at a time. 

Maybe take the time multiple times per day to think about what is positive in your life, what brings joy, what fulfills your inner self, what just feels good. Therein is the strength we need to maybe clear our minds to find the right solution or just get through the hard stuff. 

“The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time…The secret of love is opening up your heart…’Cause everyone knows that love is the only road…” (James Taylor, Secret O’ Life)

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.

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