Jayson’s post, Being Thankful, got me thinking. Then I ran across this article by Maryling Yu, “The Most Important Skill In Life (It’s Not What You Think)“. I thought, “There’s something to this, and it’s worth me taking a few minutes to think about what this means to me”.
Jayson’s thoughts, Maryling Yu’s article and so many life experiences (many in hindsight) made me realize that I kind of knew this. I cannot, however, claim to have thought concretely about the concept of Being Thankful in quite this fashion. While I have been trying to improve my ownership of how I feel about life, on any given day, in any given situation, I should also be working on what I do in this context. The two are closely related, but quite different.
Accordingly, this is what I’d like to master:
- Remembering that the ultimate freedom is in how I feel about any situation, and focusing on positive aspects or consequences.. Being thankful always applies here, because there is so much for me to be thankful for. I would wager that anyone who happens upon this post could say the same, that there is so much for which we could and should be thankful.
- Observing the separation between how I feel and what I do… Just because I don’t like a situation doesn’t mean that I can’t do what needs to be done, and find the positives (aspects or consequences) in it.
- Demonstrating positivity in my actions.. Good things are always coming from trying situations. I can do my part to facilitate this phenomenon by acting with positive intent.
Maybe I’ll add this to my Lift goals…