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