Changing Our Lives By Noticing The Beauty Around Us.
Changing how we see life, and making changes in ours, can be as easy as looking to the beauty and brighter side of our day. When our lives become overwhelming, for whatever reason, we need to stop and take inventory of what’s good. All too often our lives are filled and surrounded with bad news and downer information, much of which may not even be true.
Most of us, myself included, put so much importance on getting the job done, which usually means going to another and doing the exact same rush, rush, rush all over again, that we forget to look at what’s going on around us. We become so obsessed with hurrying from place to place that we don’t see anything along the way. In our race through life, we can miss life altogether. How many beautiful things are there along the route we travel everyday? How much time and effort has gone into making those things appealing to the eye and food for the soul? How many of them have we actually seen after the quick look we gave them when they were first put into place? How likely is it when we come to the end of our road of life, that our last wish will be to drive over the speed limit in order to get somewhere and do the things we’ve complained about all our lives?
It doesn’t matter how much beauty and goodness is in our lives if we don’t stop to savor the moment. Most of us are so focused on what we don’t have, that we gloss over the things we do have and forget how fortunate we are to have them.
If we do anything more than three times, it can become a habit. Rather than cultivating bad habits, take a mini-break three times a day and look around, make mental notes about the beauty that surround you at that moment in time. Do that until it becomes a habit.
When we’re obsessed by the doom and gloom that can surround us, if we allow it to, it can be difficult to see things that are uplifting and give real meaning to life. The present information age is a double-edged sword. For the most part, we only see, hear and then dwell on the negative. How often are we bombarded by bad news, instantly, from around the world? Next we need to ask ourselves the same question about good news. Our physiological reactions (heart rate, blood pressure, etc.) are the same when we read or hear about someone dying halfway around the world as they are when someone close to us dies. The reaction may not be as intense or last as long, but the basic reaction’s the same. When we consider how many times a day we play into the bad news scenario, the overall effects on our health can be as devastating long-term as a personal tragedy can be short-term.
We’re fortunate that, most of the time, we have the choice to listen, read and participate or not participate in bad news cycles. There’s almost always something we can be thankful for that’s more empowering than someone else’s bad news.
We all can get caught up in the moment. When someone else begins awfulizing, it’s all too easy to join in and keep the ball rolling. The reason bad news travels fast is because we give it a boost along the way. It’s like electricity. If the electrical charge wasn’t boosted and the flow heightened, the electricity that originates thousands of miles away couldn’t reach our homes. Electricity can do good things and be a useful tool. News can be the same, but it’s up to us to decide which we choose, the good or the bad.
No one else can make changes for us. We can begin changing our lives a few minutes at a time. Some people find it best to have private, quiet time in the evening. Others find that mornings, before the ramming and jamming of the day begins, are the best. Either way, we can make changes in just a few minutes a day. Many of us believe we don’t have the time to spend. We need to ask ourselves how much time do we spend watching or reading bad news. Next, we need to ask if that time could be better spent on positives rather than negatives. Then, we have to be 100% truthful with ourselves and ask if we’re deceiving ourselves about how we really want to see life. Do we want health, happiness, wealth and gratitude or do we want to stay caught in the whirlpool of negativity that will pull us under?