We can choose our thoughts – even if we can’t choose what happens to us. We can choose how we respond.
I talk frequently about how we can choose our thoughts and emotions! Having young children keeps me walking my talk.
Like the day my seven-year old daughter said to me “Mummy, you can choose not to be angry with me!” Don’t you love the way children repeat back to you what you’ve said?
This wise crack came only days after her experience with choosing emotions:
She had been feeling a little bit grumpy before school and I said to her: “Well you’ve a choice, you can choose to feel positive today or you can feel grumpy.” It’s also important to acknowledge the things that are bugging us, so I thought it important to have a really good chat with her that day.
So on the way to the school, we were chatting about other things. We found things that she was happy and grateful for. We talked about what was really going on in her heart. When you focus on the things that you like and are grateful for, you start to see more great things in your life.
She pointed out that it’s wonderful to have the trees and flowers, open spaces, parks – branches, leaves, blue sky and the freedom to be able to walk to school.
That afternoon she said to me: “Mummy, now that I have made a decision to be so happy…I can’t think of any reasons why I would want to be grumpy. “
So I like to leave you with that thought…Think today about all the reasons to be happy because when you have done that…you won’t be able to think of one single reason why you would want to be unhappy!
So have a great day!