I often tell people that we should be as grateful for having a sound mind as we are for our many other blessings. Recently I was rereading one of my favorite books, You are a Badass by Jen Sincero, and I was reminded of this very concept. She explains:
“We’re on a planet that somehow knows how to rotate on its axis and follow a defined path while it hurtles through! Our hearts bet! We have love, laughter, language, living rooms, computers, compassion, cars, fire, fingernails, flowers, music, medicine, mountains, muffins! The fact that we aren’t stumbling around in an inconsolable state of sobbing awe is appealing. The Universe must be like, what more do I have to do? Make water, their most precious resource, rain down from the sky?”
It’s awfully mindboggling how much time we spend dwelling in things we don’t have, haven’t done, or can’t do. Amazingly enough, we all know this isn’t the way we should live, yet we continue to do so. Isn’t that the definition of insanity? I can’t tell you the single most effective strategy on how to overcome this, but I can tell you that it’s important to identify and interrupt these moments, even when they are not visible to others.
If you’re like me you spend a good portion of your day excited about the great things happening in other people’s lives, sending prayers for their peace and success, and basking in the fact that you know people that are so freaking amazing! Imagine if we felt the same way about ourselves? What would your day look like if you acknowledged the positive impact you are making and took a moment to celebrate how amazing you are? At the end of the day, it’s just as easy to believe you’re absolutely amazing as it is to think you’re a complete waste of space, and it takes just as much energy.