The title of this post isn’t necessarily true, but I try to act like it is. Over the past few years, I’ve tried to make a point to notice when things go well.
- When the grocery store has what I need in stock.
- When the line I pick in the drive-thru turns out to be the faster one.
- When the afternoon is pleasant even though the forecast said it might rain.
It’s little things, but it helps a ton with my attitude. There are certainly still times when what I need is out of stock, my line is slower, and the rain came on schedule, but it’s easy to get stuck and dwell on those. Noticing the bright spots is a fun way to live.
In his book “Soundtracks“, author Jon Acuff takes it a step further:
If I saw something that worked out, I needed to recognize it and then say, “Everything is always working out for me.” Not once, not twice, but as many times as it took until that new soundtrack played as automatically as my old ones. If a hotel let me check in to my room early instead of making me wait in the lobby for hours, I said, “Everything is always working out for me,” and then I wrote that experience down in my notebook.
If there are two lines in the drive-through, you’re going to pick the “wrong” one half the time. It’s ok. On those days you happen to pick the right one, take note of it and be happy about your good fortune. Everything is always working out for you.