Wednesday, April 15, 2015

From grumbling to gratitude

We all know about reframing things. For example, when I find myself complaining about housework, I remind myself to be grateful that I even have a home to clean. I remind myself about all those who are homeless in this country and around the globe. It doesn't mean I like cleaning any more than I did. I don't. It just means I can shift my attitude to a more positive one—I can shift from grumbling to gratitude.

So yesterday when I saw my Mary Engelbreit calendar page and its message, I instantly resonated. It featured a quote from Madeleine Costigan: "I have a lot of excitement in my life. I used to call it tension, but I feel much better now that I call it excitement."

Actually, that specific message works for me this week, having just returned from a week with my youngest grandchildren and facing a week that has suddenly filled up with some add-ons I hadn't expected in addition to all the catching up. So I think I'll try calling it "excitement" rather than "stress" or "tension." I can't change the things that need to be done. But I can change how I view them. 

Do you have anything you need to reframe this week?

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