Ever have a bad week? That pretty much describes my recent history. A lot of negatives took up residence in my headspace. I was a grumpy monkey. And I’m confident that since I didn’t enjoy the experience, others probably didn’t find my disposition that pleasant either.
I spent the first part of the week nursing a pulled muscle in my lower back. It’s amazing how interconnected our bodies are. When one part suffers, the whole system suffers. [Mental note: This is a good inspiration for another post.] It turns out, I have a weak core. [Mental note: future post inspiration #2]
Additionally, our dryer made a loud noise and stop working; our washing machine drained on the floor; temperatures continually passed the 100-degree mark; my computer refused to cooperate as I watched important work deadlines approach – I could go on, but won’t.
The good news is that I woke up this morning and smiled when I saw a tie my four boys gave me many moons ago on Father’s Day. It reminds me how much I love being a dad. Amazing how quickly all the negative stuff that happened this week falls right out of my brain when I focus on just one really good thing.
Today I’m reminded that attention magnifies behavior. So, rather than feeding off and fueling the negative, I invite you to be intentional about attending to, and thus magnifying, the things in your life for which you are grateful. I, for one, am going to spend the upcoming week focusing on how lucky I am to be a dad. Yes indeed, my bucket is full. I just need to look inside it more often to celebrate that fact.