I hope everyone is well!
I found this neat little article by Joshua Becker that gave me quite some food for thought.
The thesis is that if you’re looking for reasons to be happy, you’ll probably find them.
Mr. Becker extrapolates this out to many more examples:
If you’re looking for reasons to be scared, you’ll find them.
If you’re looking for reasons to be mad, you’ll find them.
If you’re looking for reasons to be encouraged, you’ll find them.
And so on.
I could absolutely see how that works.
It’s like that great Thai restaurant on 5th and Main that your friend just mentioned: You’ve lived here for 8 years, the Thai place has been there for 3 years, but you had never once noticed it.
NOW, however, in the 6 days since she mentioned it, you’ve seen two ads for it, one review of it, and your brother mentioned having lunch there.
All it needed was an anchor in your consciousness, and now it’s EVERYWHERE.
So, Mr. Becker’s point hit home. Whatever anchor my mind is working from is likely to grow in my awareness – it’s happened a million times without my even trying!
And I don’t know about you, but I could do with more happiness, gratitude, encouragement, hope…! I’ve also got more than enough fear, anger, defeat, and loss to last for a good long while.
So, I’m going to be on the lookout for those reasons to be happy, to have hope, to look forward to the future…