From the book Positivity, a series of questions that are the opposite of much of my thoughts:
- What’s right about me being here right now?
- What makes me lucky to be here?
- What aspect of my current circumstance might I view as a gift to be treasured?
- What does it benefit me or others?
- What going right for me right now?
- What can I celebrate?
- Tell me about your life when it’s hot.
This is like the discipline of writing a gratitude list every day. It forces us to find something positive to think about each day. I am in a good mood right now, but to tell you the truth, I am blank on answering the above-mentioned questions.
OK– what makes me lucky? The writing is easy. I have a friend’s computer while I save up for another, I am staying with a friend but also I have a wonderful apartment where I can sleep well (unlike the last three years). I have enough food and I am getting a belated Christmas present of a recording of Porgy and Bess, the entire opera. I am reading some wonderful life-changing books which is something that definitely can be a blessing. Also returning to church– another blessing. I helped someone find a therapist, helped a person worried about his manic ex-wife and found all the documents necessary to apply for a medical scholarship. Driving was fun– I had a car to drive. It is still snowing and it is beautiful out.
Yes, it does work. I feel even sunnier than when I started. I am going to keep asking these questions once a day for three weeks and see what happens. Let me know if you try it.