What is worth your time? Tragedy or beauty? A car accident or a sunset?
What is it about tragedy? What is it about misfortune? Why can’t we look away. We are drawn to it.
Sometimes seeing someone else succeed makes us feel unhappy. Then when we fail, we also feel unhappy. That’s a lot of unhappiness for one life.
A famous person donates to charity…no one looks. A famous person helps someone overcome a challenge….next. A famous person fails, gets arrested, gets embarrassed, gets sick, you know the drill. Tragedy gets the headlines.
Can you be intentional about what you “slow down” for?
Can you walk past the people arguing and watch the child laughing? When you can pay attention to your attention, you fuel your spirit with positive vibes.
So pay attention. If you can’t help, why stare? Look out for those things that bring you joy. The beautiful sunset, a smile, a laugh, the music, the lights. How many things can you find? What about that air conditioner right above the door of a business? Did you feel that? How about that look in the eye of a person who is really happy to see you? Don’t miss it…slow down.
Here are 3 tips on how to “slow down” for the positive things:
#1. Control what you can
Skip the news. It’s important to know what’s happening in the world, but once you know, look away. Fill your mind with positive things: podcasts, books, blogs, stories. Anything that brings you joy and growth.
#2. Practice looking away
Be conscience of your attention. The moment you catch yourself focusing on something negative, look away. With time you will catch yourself sooner and sooner.
#3. Be grateful
Write down at least one thing you are grateful for every day. At first it will be the big things, but after time it gets more difficult. You will have to be more focused to find the little things. This task will change what you give your attention to because you will constantly be trying to find something to add to the list everyday. Gratitude is key!
“Make way for the positive day” -Bob Marley
What kind of positive things do you “slow down” for? Leave a comment and let me know. If you like this, please share it. Thanks for reading, you’re worth slowing down for!