It was interesting that many of the good experiences the participants shared started as something painful, but transformed into something very good. Here are some examples:
- One person had lost hearing in one ear, and had been told that she was quite likely to lose the hearing in her other ear as well. I think anyone would find this news quite devastating, but instead of feeling sorry for herself, she started taking lessons in sign-language and was sharing about an encounter she’d had with 4 women who were communicating in sign language. She was able to join in their conversation and was feeling really good and excited about it.
- Another had lost a young family member this year, who left behind a wife and baby. She was sharing how not only her entire family, but also complete strangers had been rallying round to support them in many different ways. She also shared how several people had come into her life since this event who had lost a child, and how, because of the loss she’d experienced in her family, she was able to connect with them on a deep and helpful level – no coincidence that these people came to her I think.
- Another person had the experience this year of being told by her landlady that she had 60 days to move because the house was going to be sold. After the initial shock, she was able to manifest the perfect living space – much better than where she was before, and in less than the 60 days she was given.
What I found most inspiring about hearing these stories was how each of these women took what happened and looked at what they ‘could’ do, rather than what they ‘couldn’t.’ Instead of letting difficult situations define them or overwhelm them, they looked at what they could do to make things better.
It was a great reminder for me about what can be accomplished with the right attitude, and I hope it’s helpful for you. I think this is the perfect exercise to do as we come to the end of the year.
Action Step: Think about your year and, even if it was a very difficult one, see if you can identify at least one thing (hopefully more) that was/is good. Write it down and/or share it with someone – I’d love to hear it.
This quote is a great reminder:
“People have challenges. Family members get sick, people get older, you don’t always get the job or the promotion that you want. You have conflicts in your life. And really, life is about your resilience and your ability to go through your life and all of the ups and downs with a positive attitude.” – Jennifer Hyman