Good morning and happy Thursday!
This morning I woke up feeling so thankful. Night-shift really has a way of making me appreciate things that I never really thought about before: sleeping by my husband, waking up at a “normal time”, being able to say goodbye to Drew before he goes to work, watching the morning news, and eating breakfast at breakfast time. Since my husband doesn’t believe in heat until November 1st (it’s 58 degrees in our house), I turned on the fireplace and I’m posted up in front of it until I go to workout. All in all, a wonderful morning.
The feelings of happiness and thankfulness this morning have me thinking: very simple things made me feel this way. Small things can upset us (just go down your Facebook feed), so shouldn’t we also let small things make us happy? Maybe we can start paying more attention to the things that make us happy and less to the things that make us upset. Many times you can flip your perspective within the context of each situation. Should I be stressed that I need to write a blog or should I feel thankful that I have a hobby that makes often gives me time to reflect and come away with a fresh perspective?
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” -Confucius
Many times we have a tendency to overthink and complicate things. We think and think about things until we make them more complex than they probably really are. Our mind is too good at coming up with 100 different scenarios or even an entire conversation that hasn’t happened. We can also convince ourselves that somebody doesn’t like us without them ever saying anything that alludes to that.
(Pause for reflection on something you are making more complicated than it is).
I’m reminded of 2 of my friends that would constantly role play how important conversations were going to go. They would try to think of all the possible responses that the person might have, and prepare themselves with a response. When the real conversation would happen it would often be much less complicated than they had prepared for.
We often try to guess what people are thinking, which can get us into a negative space. Shouldn’t we just ask them if we need to know? That would probably save us a lot of time and worry.
Many times the blogs I write are SUCH good reminders for myself.
I want to focus on making things simple. Remind myself of what is really important. Let small things make me happy. Focus on my blessings.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of positive thoughts. -Ames