Sunday, October 23, 2011

Perspective--Pollyanna Applied

If you count all your assets, you always show a profit. 
Robert Quillen



Yesterday I wrote about Pollyanna...today I'm going to channel the little optimist a little.

The glad game works.  I dread going to Costco.  The crowds, dodging the frantic people clamoring for samples, the loading and unloading of the cart.  The putting everything away when I get home.  Blah.

I do feel glad that Costco is so close to my house.  I feel glad that I can buy my six gallons of milk for a relatively low price.  I am glad I don't have to go to WinCo Foods instead.  I am glad I have the means to buy the food that keeps us fed and happy.  I am glad I have the strength to push my cart and lift everything that needs lifting.

See, I feel much better about Costco.

The reason the glad game works is that it changes perspective; you look at things in a different way.  Sometimes it takes something unfortunate to remind us.  For example, one of my friends recently tore her Achilles tendon.  She can't drive or walk on it for 8 weeks.

She's a mother of 5 children.  How does a mother of 5 not drive or walk for 8 weeks?

It's a hassle to take kids to their activities, to run errands, to drive hither and yon.  But I am glad I can.

It's not fun to have a long To Do list, to have more things than seem possible to accomplish.  But I am glad I can try.

I am grateful for reminders that even when things aren't perfect, I have a lot to be happy about.

1 comment:

Olivia Cobian said...

Nice perspective. Thanks for helping me be glad.

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