Last year I shared the importance of “choosing to be happy” and how focusing on the positives and gratitude are an important element to being happy.
Still one of my favorite posts, and I actually reread it often just to remind myself of the importance of staying focused on the positives in my life and why I should always be grateful…for everything!
This past weekend Brian and I had a list of mundane chores we needed to do around the house. Clean the dryer vent (super important after THIS fiasco!), throw out some old tile in attic and put the new tile up there, rake and bag leaves and pine needles and clean out the flower pots, scrub the grout in the dining room and kitchen, repair some trim on the garden shed, and charge the battery on the riding lawn mower (still wouldn’t start…curses!)
We have our weekly chores…stripping beds, vacuuming, dusting, deep cleaning the kitchen and baths…stuff we do every week together…but this was “extra” stuff that we have kind of been putting off. Ugh!
So how do I stay positive and happy when I have a laundry list of “chores” to accomplish and actually ENJOY the mundane chores?
I focus on the positives!
For the first day in weeks the temps were in the upper 60s…beautiful day to be outside!
I am thankful I have a new walk in shower I love so I have a bunch of spare tile that needs to go in the attic.
I am thankful I have beautiful mature trees and a yard I love, and I live in a part of the country that has four seasons…so yes, I have to rake leaves and pine needles a few times a year.
I am thankful I have modern appliances that make my life easier IF I give them proper attention on occasion.
I am thankful I have a home I love that deserves my time and attention in return!
I am thankful I have a great partner to give me a helping hand when I need it!
Yes, I could focus on what I DON’T have…but in order to be happy in this life you have to stay focused on what you DO have. Find the positive in every little thing and be grateful!
I wish I had spent more time in my life focusing on the positives. Sometimes we get so mired down in the “don’ts” we fail to focus on the “dos” …the positives…the things we SHOULD be grateful for!
This is a great week to celebrate the things in our life (family, friends, home, food, shelter) we DO have…the things we should be grateful for…the things that, while they can easily be seen as a negative at times, we have to learn to “flip the switch” and focus on the positive….something to be grateful for!
In return you may just find a tiny bit of happiness creeping in.
Grab ahold of that…focus on it.
When you are tempted to see something as a pain in the rear, look for reasons why it is actually something wonderful and something you can be grateful for!
You might just find those “mundane chores” to be just a little bit more enjoyable!
I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving…a positive, grateful, HAPPY Thanksgiving!