Have you ever noticed how people's eyes light up the minute you start talking about something positive?
I think the twinkle is equal parts surprise, relief, and please-God-may-her-euphoric-condition-come-from-a-legal-source-so-I-can-get-some-too.
Once we get to a certain age, it seems to almost be a given that the topics people throw out for discussion will be heavy. "My back hurts." "I need a new job." "Did you hear what happened to Elizabeth?" "You're not going to believe what he said to me this time!" Or even just the sound of a dramatic sigh begging for a concerned response.
Yesterday, instead of leading with a gripe when I sat down for the sacred ritual of Friday morning coffee with friends, I led with some good news I had just heard about the school all of our kids attend. I could actually feel the sense of appreciation that hung in the air as I enthused to my friends that our school had just been nominated for having a caring school climate-- in part because of the efforts made by my friends and me on campus.
The look in their eyes said they were hungry to hear this. I later discovered it was for good reason, as the reality was that there would also be discussion of vulnerable jobs and an acquaintance who had been diagnosed with cancer.
It made me realize that without making an effort to remember the good things going on, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the hard news.
So, what went well in your day? What are you excited about?
Be sure to tell 3 people about it-- they need to hear your good news as much as you need to remember it.
I'd love to be one of your 3 people. What went right today? (this week? this month?)
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