Years ago in attempts to teach my youngest how to be reverent during sacrament I started this little game. We would take turns saying, “Jesus made ___________”. We’d go back and forth each naming an animal or other creation. This kept him busy and focused during this portion of the service and it just kind of stuck. For years we’ve been playing this game practically every Sunday and as you may have surmised we’ve named quite a few amazing creations.
While we go back and forth my mind races trying to think of something new we haven’t named before and each week I’m always amazed at truly what an abundant world we live in. I’m grateful that we live on incredible planet full of incredible people, animals, vegetation, technological advances, medical advances, creativity, and more and more. We don’t just have ONE butterfly to admire. We have thousands of species to see and appreciate. We don’t just have one kind of apple to eat. We have TONS of varieties (my fave is the Ambrosia apple…so good! What’s yours?)
There’s been many studies done about being able to overcome adversity and challenges simply by switching from a scarcity mindset to an abundant mindset.
In fact, Neil Pasricha, who is now the director of the Institute for global happiness tried this principle out in his life during a time of great tragedy and loss. He needed a way to redirect his focus from negativity toward positivity again. He came up with the idea that he would look for something positive about each day. Something that is often taken for granted but nonetheless still wonderful and happy. He created a blog, 1000 Awesome Things and each day for 1000 days he’d write about one thing he found, focused on, and appreciated.
“I said to myself, ‘I need a way to cheer myself up.’ Ten minutes later, I started up 1000Awesomethings.com just as a way to put my mind somewhere else….I always saved up my post for just before I went to sleep…and this idea of writing down and searching for something awesome about my day made me feel better slowly.” – Neil Pasricha
He wrote about warm undies straight from the dyer. He wrote about how good it feels finding money in an old jacket and exclaiming, “I found money!” And he started to feel better. His world started to look a little brighter, bigger, and worth living for.
“If you can be happy with simple things, it will be simple to be happy.” – Neil Pasricha
There is so much in the world for us to see, experience, appreciate, admire, and enjoy if only we would open our eyes to see them.
“Life is so great that we only get a tiny moment to enjoy everything we see. And that moment is right now. And that moment is counting down. And that moment is always, always fleeting. You will never be as young as you are right now.” – Neil Pasricha
The first step is awareness. You have to turn your focus in the right direction. You have to make the conscious decision to look for and notice the good things in your life. Seeing them, noticing them triggers thoughts in your head. Those thoughts of gratitude, abundance, and wonder generate happy, feel good feelings.
Those happy, feel good feelings motivate you into action to do good. Maybe the action is just to smile and share your light through your brilliant smile. Maybe your action is to say something to someone thus sharing those abundant thoughts with another so their minds are turned to focus on those good things too. Maybe it’s that you feel good so you’re more motivated to serve another. All these things create MORE goodness in the world. If you want a happy world you have to “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. -Mahatma Ghandi
Start by noticing, look for the good. Find at least ONE thing you can be grateful for. Create a habit to see the abundance. Decide to take the 1,000 day challenge to look for and write down just ONE amazing thing each day.
When you open your eyes to see the abundance you’ll start on a beautiful path of happy, of wonder, and of love.
There’s only an upside to doing this. Even in moments of trial and great sadness there are still good, beautiful, wonderful things around you.
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Start the change by being the change.
Then share it with all of us.
I can’t wait to hear what you see.
If this is still a struggle for you- that’s okay! Let me help you start the path to feeling better and finding peace and abundance. Set up a mini session with me and let me coach you. It’s FREE. You have nothing to lose from this and everything to gain. Try it out today.
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