Yesterday I did an experiment. I wanted to see if I could make a really great day just ‘happen’.
We hear so much about how our attitude affects the outcome of our day (week/month/life) but do we really believe it? Is attitude some magical and mystical force that is dictated by our own thoughts and actions? Or does everything that occurs in our lives just happen by chance? Hummm . . . . .
We hear the saying about looking at the glass ‘half empty’ or ‘half full’. It is a simple saying, but did anyone really think about the implication of what it means? All these questions going through my head so early in the morning!
So back to yesterday -
I decided I wanted to have a really good day. I have found in the past that when things weren’t going very well for me, I used to kind of mope around and think about the bad things and be kind of sad or upset most of the time. I went through a period in my life where this was a daily existence for me and I lived with a cloud of doom following me wherever I went. It reminds me of the Winnie the Pooh cartoons where Eeyore was sitting with a rain cloud pouring down on him, slumped over with a forlorn look on his face. It made people want to just hug him and tell him it would be alright. But he never really changed and he seemed to find something to be sad about no matter how good the circumstances were.
We all have our moments when we feel like Eeyore. Justifiably so in many cases. It is a difficult place to be in our lives and it tends to suck the life right out of us.
But there came a day when I got tired of being sad and forlorn and wanted something better in my life. I had a very smart and wonderful teacher at this time who told me over and over “we follow where we focus”. At first I heard them as only words. After all, how can five little words make any significant changes in my life? I needed things to change, not just my attitude.
But then I started to notice something. Like a fog lifting (my teacher said it would happen that way) little by little things started to change. The more positive I was about things, the better things seemed to turn out. Was this a coincidence? I thought so in the beginning. But soon I saw that it wasn’t a coincidence at all. It was the way I looked at the same thing that everyone else was looking at. I found that if I look hard enough, there is good in many situations that on the outside don’t always look so good initially. You just have to work at it a little more to see it sometimes. I found that just as when you look at the negative side of something and it brings you down, you can also choose to look at the positive side of things and it will be very uplifting. It is a matter of what you choose.
I posted on my facebook that I knew it was going to be a great day. I don’t know why I did it, but I just wanted to see. I had no particular reason to feel that way other than because I wanted to. Nothing significant was scheduled to happen either. But you know what? It worked. I had a great day yesterday.
I had a call from a friend that I haven’t talked to in quite a while. I was happy to hear about all the good things that were happening to her and also I got to tell her how good things have been here. That alone was quite uplifting.
I also had several orders on the site, pushing me to my best month ever. It was a great milestone and one that I have worked very hard to achieve this past year. So despite the hiccup of the site being down for a day or so, it all ended positively.
And one of the most significant things that happened was that I received my beautiful little box from Ecocandle here on the site. I had watched his blogs about building his little boxes and I absolutely fell in love with them. The one in particular that I adopted (named Francois) is a beautiful mix of wenge and maple with stunning inlaid stripes of padauk. After watching him create this box on his blog, along with seeing all the care and thought he put into making it, I knew I had to have one. He only had a few for sale and I treated myself to a beautiful piece of artwork.
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Not only did I love the box, but the story that went with it. I look upon Francios as a symbol of what Lumberjocks and the people here are all about – creating beautiful things of wood and sharing and friendship. To me, Francios is a reminder of all of you and how much you have all brought to my life. It is a box that will hold my hopes and dreams and creative thoughts, and I can look at it anytime I need to be reminded of them.
So you see, it was a great day! Sure, I could have picked out all the little annoyances that happened to me yesterday and focused on them (and you can be sure there were some there!) but I chose to pick out and focus on the good things around me and positive things in my world. I went to sleep last night with a feeling of contentment and peace that is as they say “priceless”.
And I made it that way all by myself.
I hope you all have a great day today!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"