Traffic was backed up for miles. The interstate was shut down. Ally had checked her GPS app before leaving home and traffic was moving well. She thought she was ahead of schedule for the 30 minute trip to pick up her daughter from school. Then this had to happen!
As she sat in her car, a blue Honda nearly as old as her 18-year old daughter in her first year of college, traffic had gone from creeping to a dead stop. She was feeling tense and annoyed.
“Dammit – this is the last thing I need,” was the first thought going through her head.
And as happens to many of us, her mind started racing down an ugly path. Why was her luck so bad? Why did this accident have to happen now? Why didn’t the GPS pick up the accident sooner? Why didn’t she have enough money to buy her daughter a decent car instead of that that piece of crap that kept breaking down?
She felt her heart begin to race, looked at herself in the rearview mirror, stopped and took a deep breath. She’d been down this road before, allowing herself to get sucked into the ever-maddening spiral of despair. And for what?! It never helped her or anyone else.
She recalled an exercise we had talked about, one that had recently become part of her morning ritual.
Each morning before getting out of bed, she would recite at least three things she was grateful for (3G's). She could include something like the wonderful evening she had the night before with friends, or something as mundane as the things we often take for granted - like the bed she was sleeping in or having hot water, electricity and a roof over her head.
She found that this brief morning exercise set a positive tone for the day, put her in the right mindset to appreciate herself and her life, and she made better, healthier choices for herself as a result.
A thought struck her – “I should do that same thing now!” So she did. She expressed deep gratitude that she was just stuck in traffic because of the horrible accident, and wasn’t in the accident herself. Nor was her daughter. She was grateful they had cellphones to communicate with; her daughter was safe and could study in the library until she could get there. Her car was old but always reliable. The sun was shining. She was blessed.
We all get to choose our thoughts. Occasionally, they are the only things we get to choose. So, why not choose good ones?
Sure, anger has its place, but it’s best given a tiny place and it’s best to put it in its place very quickly. Then we get to move on, and create and experience life’s joys.
I invite you to make the 3G’s, as I call it, a part of your daily morning routine. I end my day with the same exercise as well. And as Ally learned, it’s great anytime!
Please give it a try and leave me a comment. I'd love to know how it works for you.
Wishing you an abundance of gratitude,
P.S. Yes, gratitude really can help you get healthy! I’ll stop short of calling it a miracle cure (you see enough of those overblown claims all over the internet and TV). Yet it is a very powerful tool that I help my clients use to make sustainable, simple changes that transform their lives. Want to learn more? Let’s have a chat and find out if working together is a good fit. I offer a complimentary session and scheduling is easy with my online booking system: Schedule Now