I am a big believer in stopping to notice the small stuff. I kept a diary for a while of something nice I saw everyday and it did make me appreciate those little things you see that make you smile. Maybe you would like to jot them down , just for a month and see how it changes your perspective on things? Often the clients I work with are depressed or feeling like the glass is always half full... I encourage them to keep this little diary of nice things that they see in order to get them to shift their thinking just a little bit... to start to see that their is real beauty and happiness in the everyday bits of life. Sometime they get really into it and start writing 3 or 4 things everyday or they draw little pictures instead of writing it or they cut out pictures from magazines and make collages, it is great when I see someone who really runs with it. It is also important to write down how seeing that nice thing made you feel. Now rather than keep it in a diary , I just write down things in my notebook... here are some examples;
- Huge long hairded dog with its head out the window and its hair blowing in the breeze- dog had hugest grin on its face- made me laugh and think of how much my own dog loves that and how he asks me to wind the window down when we are in the car...
- Last night friends were over and their son who is 12ish was watching a DVD laying on the floor with his arm around Busy. It was so sweet. It made me wonder what her first love would be like and made me hope he/she was really nice... ( like this young boy is)
- The look on our collective faces when we saw that the place we stayed at on the long weekend had a jumping pillow. Our family loves a jumping pillow. Fun for the whole family all at once.
- This morning when I was driving their were big shafts of light and they were shining on an old farm fence with heaps and heaps of spiderwebs that were all glsitening with morning dew. It was an everyday thing that looked so beautiful I wished I had my camera. The web looked like it was made of tiny little glass beads.
So what have you noticed this week?
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