You Can't Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought is one of my favourite books of all time. There are so many poignant points packed into each page, here is just one.
On page 181, Peter advises us to Write Down the Good. Keep a journal...the good things you have to be grateful for each day, and the good that you do for others.
This one piece of advice has transformed my everyday life in so many ways. Here's the real challenge, at least for me! Write down a list ESPECIALLY when you're down, angry, stressed. It's so easy to be thankful when our days unfold before us like ruby roses. But on darker days, this depression buster really works for me. I always tell myself five things down a day since it's much more manageable. Then I find that it's easy to keep going! When I ride in a car, along with my friends, I ask them what five things they are grateful for on that day. At first, they wanted to clobber me for being such a well-spring of bubbling positivity. I also noticed it took forever for them to come up with things. But not anymore.
Since I hope I walk the walk, here is my list for today. It's a little bit verbose. :)
1. Riding my bicycle last night, underneath the glowing moon..riding down that huge hill at 30 mph, felt like I had wings.
2. Peter's Mom's phone call. Whenever she calls, it's a combination of Spring/Summer/Fall, all rolled into one. I leave out Winter because she's never cold.
3. Calling up the corporate headquarters of a company to commend a couple of their employees, and even the woman who answered the phone. :)
4. The fact that in this horrid economy, I have a job, a good one, that I get to do, my music, and I can help to help peoples' days brighten a little.
5. The pizza that Andy made, it was so scrumptious! MMMMM!
6. Ran a marathon on Sunday! :) Even when doctors told me I couldn't!
7. The support I get from my online friends
So what is your list? Feel free to share if you'd like :) Or just jot it down to yourself. Either way, try it, and I hope it works for you as well as it has for me!
Thank you Peter McWilliams!
note: "You Can't Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought" is still available, in print, and AWESOME! :)