I love that quote by Helen Keller. I’ve been thinking about her words for the last few days. When you focus on the good, the positive, and the bright side of life, you are less likely to complain and get into what I call a “negative spiral.” We all have stuff in our lives that challenges us. Some have greater challenges than others — a sick child, a dying parent, the loss of a job, a new separation or divorce, a difficult mental or physical illness — but we are ALL going through challenges every day.
Some of the very, very minor ones we LA folk deal with involve traffic! Traffic is a way of life in LA. If you’ve ever tried to cross the 405 from Brentwood going east anytime after 3pm, you know what I mean! But, even if our challenges are not insurmountable or devastating in nature, they can still cause us stress, worry and anxiety. Dealing with a preteen or teen in the morning — now that is a challenge! Juggling work and family life — trying to be present for everyone that is counting on you on both fronts — that can be really hard at times. You feel torn at both ends and just tired most of the time.
Wondering at mid-life if the career you’ve worked so hard to achieve is truly no longer making you happy — that’s a challenge!
But, in every challenge, there IS opportunity. We can choose to see the positives — to look for a new way, a new solution, or a new idea. In the most challenging of times, I focus on my gratitude practice. I write down 5 things I am grateful for each night before bed. If I’m too tired to write, then I’ll just think about the 5 things/reasons/people I’m grateful for that day. We are all blessed in our own ways — no matter the challenge — and we all have a lot to be grateful for.