Change Your Perspective
Funny Motivational Speaker Amy Dee’s blog
A Negative Perspective
This morning I woke up on the wrong side of the bed’. I don’t know about you, but almost everything seems wrong when I am in a bad mood.
For example, every day, Steve has one-sided, mildly irritating conversations with our pets. “What’s for breakfast this morning Tia? Egg? You say you want an egg?” This morning I wanted to scream, ” NO! BECAUSE OUR DOG IS NON-VERBAL!”
Our cat Zelda peed on my bathmat (again). Actually, not MY cat, but my daughter’s cat that we’ve been babysitting for three years. Then, I had five spam phone calls within an hour, and my coffee machine overflowed.
Nothing was right, and I was crotchety. Sick of it all, I considered growing out my chin hairs, changing my name, and running away. But, honestly, I really wanted to run away from my prickly mood.
Perspective :Look For What’s Wrong
To amp up my crustiness, I cleaned out a basement closet. While sorting through a box of my kids’ old things, I found a children’s activity book. Besides lots of dot-to-dots and mazes (easy peasy), there was a page called ‘Find what is wrong.’
In the drawing, happy family stuff was in the backyard doing happy family stuff (gag). Dad grinned while grilling; mom smiled while pulling weeds; joyful kids kicked a ball around. Soooooo sticky sweet, I wanted to puke. Gratefully, I dug into finding what was wrong.
Immediately I spotted a rope missing from the swing and an upside-down tree. Oops. But worst of all, the little girl had a mustache. I am used to waking up with a mustache, but this is an eight-year-old girl—bummer for her.
Suddenly, my gloominess made sense. I’d spent my morning looking for what was wrong. With every new grievance, my foul mood became stinkier and stinkier. Why? Because, when you look for what’s wrong, you will find it.
Changing My Perspective
So I changed my perspective. Rather than looking for what is wrong, I began looking for what is right. And guess what. I discover lots and lots of right stuff.
Every day, from my office window, I watch people trudge through the snow to play disc golf in the park across the street. I see people walking their dogs and kids sliding down the sledding hill. Nice.
My two beautiful daughters live in town, how lucky is that! They are very thoughtful about calling and texting. Not only that, I am going to be a first-time grandma any day now! Whoop Whoop! My mom also lives in town; she’s made lots of friends and really likes the senior living apartments I found for her.
Reading and writing is my passion, and lucky me, my job requires me to read and write! My Dr. Dolittle husband, Steve, serves me my first cup of coffee every morning. He is one of the greatest men I know.
Not every day is perfect. Like everyone else, I am sick of COVID, and I wonder when I will get the vaccine. My feet always hurt, and my ears continuously ring. Like you, disappointments and irritations happen frequently. But when I stop looking for what’s wrong and start looking for what’s right, I see how wonderful my life is!
When you get in a funk ( and you will), ask yourself what you are looking for. Are you looking for what’s wrong? Then you’ll find it.
Instead, push those cranky clouds and away and shine your light on what’s right. I promise your day will get better too.