This morning I woke up in a bad mood. I can’t say why, I just felt a general grumbling toward the world. I felt unproductive and unmotivated. I wanted to crawl back in bed yet I wasn’t even tired. I walked around the house in circles, not sure of what to start working on first, as I waited for my friend to wake up so we could start the day. But then, as I was bending down to pet my cat, the sun came bursting through the window and hit my face. I was suddenly warmed and blinded and it stopped me in my tracks…the smallest hint of a glow and I was starting to feel better.
I realized, in that moment, that I was making a choice. I did not choose to wake up in a bad mood, but I was choosing to stay in one. No one was forcing me. When I evaluated what was wrong, I came up with nothing at all. There are some days when I feel this way and it lasts, and I listen to my body and rest. But on this day, something was different, and I wanted to explore how to change my feelings.
I thought more about change, and how powerful we are to create it. We can create change in ourselves, and only then can we change others. So today I decided to proactively take control and make myself happier. Instead of choosing to be in a bad mood, I decided to focus on the good…after all gratefulness is the best mood enhancer there is.
I thought about 5 different things, be it places or people or situations or ideas, that make me grateful to be alive.
1. I am creative enough to express myself.
2. I am thankful for my other half.
3. I am fortunate to be surrounded by nature.
4. I am powerful enough to overcome negativity.
5. My life is just beginning.
I took my number 5 from this wonderful article on the Huffington Post about affirmations, that I think is a fantastic list that I’ll go back to frequently. And this is just my list for today. Who knows what will work for tomorrow, for there are endless affirmations to inspire us as our situation changes.
I saw this quote the other day by Eckhart Tolle that resonated with me so much, and really brings this post full circle:
“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but the thoughts about it.
Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking.”
So true in so many ways. We must remember that whatever our feelings towards our circumstance, we have the power to control our reaction and move forward with a brighter outlook.
What are your affirmations?
*Image courtesy of Russell Andes, taken of me when preparing for my last creativeLIVE class.*