As much as I try to nurture my inner PollyAnna, below zero temps and challenges in my 9 to 5 world are bringing out my underlying “Eeyore disposition,” as my husband lovingly calls it.
I left for work wearing a beautiful necklace that my husband bought me for Christmas. On the 45-minute commute to work, I got to kick back and relax because it wasn't my turn to drive the carpool. When we arrived at work, we were greeted by a nice breakfast spread the landlord provided to apologize for heating issues.
Since it is my 10-year work anniversary this month, I got to pick out a cute gift to celebrate my years of service. Then I went to a meeting with mood lighting, soothing music, and great conversation. Lunch arrived and we had more great conversation. I got scads of work done.
Only one thing went wrong all day—one thing that it shifted my focus away from every good thing that happened.
It was my story in the carpool.
It was my story when I greeted my husband.
It was my story when we went out to dinner with friends.
It consumed me. I fell into a negativity spiral, and I needed a way to crawl back out of it.Yet as soon as I put those thoughts out into the Universe, I started to see answers.
I read a blog post by Michelle at A Desire to Get Creative about her gratitude journal.
Then I discovered a new Twitter friend, Anna, who is a nurse and wellness couch. She also wrote about getting a gratitude journal.
My friend Stacy, who is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner (lifecoach), is also a great resource when I need to reframe negative thoughts. So while I was online, I went over to her blog, Pandora's Compass, to get a dose of her sunny disposition.
Then I went out and bought a journal.
Today’s Gratitude Journal Entry (5 things I’m grateful for today)
- the cute polymer clay fish I made to illustrate this post
- a whole day to spend with my cats
- my sexy husband who loves to hold my hands
- warm laundry, fresh from the dryer
- Twitter/Facebook friends to keep me from feeling snowed in
Leaving you with a look on the bright side:
"It's snowing still," said Eeyore gloomily. "And freezing.” "However," he said, brightening up a little, "we haven't had an earthquake lately."—Eeyore