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Shifting Our Focus

November 4, 2008 by  
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Shifting Our Focus

We respond to what we focus on. When we focus on and appreciate what we have we are happier and more relaxed. When we focus on what we lack (or what we haven’t done) or what isn’t working we experience greater dissatisfaction and stress. It’s the timeless adage of interpreting the glass as half empty or half full and then responding accordingly.

I saw a feature story on a man in his 20s who has been blind since birth and has also been unable to walk (due to shortened arms and legs). When interviewed, he said: “Big deal! So I can’t walk or see. I’m so incredibly lucky to have musical gifts, to sing and play instruments.” He was so full of joy. To him the glass was actually full – half full of his gifts and half full of possibilities.

So even though we may want more security, or money, a different job, a partner, or better relationships, we can more fully appreciate our lives for what they are right now. Would we give up our health for a million dollars, give up our ability to walk or to see? Not a chance.

We can shift our focus and enjoy life more. Yes, it can be that simple. It’s not always that easy, but we can make it a priority to appreciate and love what we have (the people in our lives, our well being, our skills, our work, our homes, etc.) and to focus on the good. In doing so, we will not only be happier, but we will also draw more positive things to us, and we will also be able to give more to those around us.

Wishing you peace, love and abundance.


Published November 2008

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