You don’t see with your eyes.
I know, it sounds strange, but you don’t see WITH your eyes. You see THROUGH your eyes.
You see with your brain.
You see with the beliefs you have about yourself and the world around you. You see with the experiences you’ve had. You see with the attitude you bring to your interaction with people and things.
To me, the interesting thing about belief, experiences, and attitude is that you can change each one of them.
You can change your belief through self-awareness, through reading, through contemplation, through talking with people who see the world differently than you.
You can change your experiences by how you interpret them. You can choose to focus on the negative aspects or you can choose to find the silver lining and understand the lessons to be learned.
You can change your attitude by deciding to have a better one, by being a bit more selective in who you allow to influence you, by developing empathy and resisting the urge to constantly judge yourself and others.
With wild storms and flooding that cost some lives over the past few days here in Austin, and with yesterday being Memorial Day, I chose to start with attitude…an attitude of gratitude.
When you have an attitude of gratitude, you can shift your vision to see what you have rather than what you lack.
When you have an attitude of gratitude, other people find you more attractive than if you’re always griping about the way things are.
When you have an attitude of gratitude, people will be more willing to spend time with you, work together with you, and create opportunities with you and for you.
When you have an attitude of gratitude, your blood pressure, stress, and physical condition will have a chance to improve. Studies show that exercise alone does not guarantee health.
It’s easy to have a temporary attitude of gratitude when the reasons are obvious, like not getting washed away in a flood or when marking Memorial Day.
Here’s the real challenge: Can you find a way to be grateful every day? Can you find a way to be grateful for people and events that you would typically have a negative reaction toward? Can you change what you focus on about those people and events?
What is it you’re grateful for today? What is it that you can be grateful for today that you’d usually complain about?
Get the Nerve!