I'd been up late the night before, working myself into wakefulness fretting about a few people I love, rewriting reality to suit me better (good luck with that one, right?), stressing out over my big to-do list and worrying over a big organizing project I'd been putting off.
Then I turned my attention to my daughter's immediate and far-off future. I freaked out about it all--for no good reason at all.
And when my alarm went off the next day, I was not chirpy. Or "sing-y."
I was grumpy.
And I really couldn't afford to be. I had a sweet family to breakfast with and a full schedule of private clients to coach once I left the house.
I needed to get out of the "stuck place" so I could move on with my day.
Playing "Ten Things"
Life and meditation and coaching have taught me to take perspective when I'm feeling hijacked by fear or anxiety. Rather than buy into the negativity and let it immobilize me, most of the time I try to gently shift my thinking.
One of the simplest way I know is to play "Ten Things I'm Grateful For."
Sp yesterday I stayed in bed 5 extra minutes, doing my best to survey my life and all the great things in it.
"One, I'm grateful for my healthy body…"
(Playing "10 Things" always feels a bit awkward at first. Usually don't let myself quit until I get to ten.)
"Two, I'm grateful for my family…"
I don't know how this game works, but it does.
By the time I got to Number 10, I didn't feel perfect. But I felt a little suprised at all the good stuff.
And I felt better!
…Good enough to greet my little daughter and sleepy husband with kindness.
…Good enough to coach my clients.
…Good enough to write a few short pieces that really needed to be written.
…Good enough to draft this post for you.
I'm not promising your obstacles will melt away magically. But a heart filled with gratitude has a little more agility, a little more ability to move freely and respond to life in helpful ways.
When you need to write but are feeling too antsy or afraid of the page, try practicing gratitude by playing "Ten Things." Try it, too, when you're driving home from work or waiting in line at the grocery store. Ask your lover or friend to play along with you.
You deserve a happy heart.
Lovely Links for Writers
In the spirit of feeling great about your life and writing, I wanted to share a few links to help you reconnect to your writing happy place -- that wonderful space where gratitude and possibility meet...
Writing to Change the World - Carolyn Rubenstein
Become a Better Writer by Practicing Gratitude - Jeff Goins
3 Ways to Recharge Your Writing Dream - (mine)
Grateful? Now, go do something. - Judy Stone-Goodman
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