“If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments,
we would all be much happier.” JohnWooden
Isn’t that so true? Do you find that you often tend to replay your disappointments, your bad memories, your poor choices, over and over again in your mind? It becomes a self-defeating cycle in which our negative thoughts overrule and overtake the joy and blessings that surround us on a daily basis.
One trick that I have developed for putting things in perspective is this – I have actually made up a physical list of 10 memories that I always want to hold onto. You know, all those great moments that fill your heart and your soul and your spirit with so much warmth that you say, “I will remember this every day of my life!” Well, how come you don’t obsess about those memories? What I do is to take that physical list and look at it once a day. I make it a point to choose one of those memories and consciously come back to it again and again throughout the day. The beautiful thing about the list is that it never fails and it always grows!
Try it. Let me know how it works for you. And have a beautiful and blessed day, reveling in the happiness that the joys of your past are never gone and can make your present so much happier!
By the way–the picture is Fontana Del Papa in the north of Lazio, Italy. below I love to cook and two years ago took my wife to Italy to celebrate her birthday. She surprised me by making reservations at this beautiful spot for a cooking lesson in the kitchen of a lovely Italian villa. I learned to prepare a fabulous meal from a woman who spoke almost no English! She led by example, smiled often, corrected gently and once in a while shooed away the cow who kept sticking her nose on through the door! The joy of that day, the beauty of the Villa, the aroma of the meal, and, most especially, the overwhelming love and gratitude I felt toward my wife is one of the moments on my list.