When I got up this morning, I immediately starting to think about the things I was not relishing – cutbacks in the number of buses and trains on the CTA, the impending foot of snow, meteorologist, Tom Skilling is predicting for Chicago, and an extra pound on the scale from too many sweets over the weekend. So guess how I felt: annoyed, worried, and mentally chubby. Waiting out in the cold for the extra crowded bus didn’t thrill me either.
“Wait a minute,” I thought to myself. “Your attitude is heading you for a less than happy Monday if you keep this up.” While I don’t usually respond to my internal questions with an audible response, I did say “you’re right” out loud.
So what’s a person to do? I decided to make a Gratitude Adjustment. I started to look for the things about myself, the people around me, and my circumstances that were okay – even great. Each time I thought of another item I appreciated, right here and now, I felt a little bit better. While I am not yet jumping up and down for joy just yet – I am certainly headed in the right direction.
So if you are even a tiny bit grouchy today, make a gratitude adjustment. Speaking as someone who just did, I can see and feel a delightful Monday unfolding.
Thanks and Happy Monday,