Your vehicle’s check engine light is glowing like the sun. Your dog needs to go to the vet, which will take you a year to pay off. You stub your toe on a shallow stair, and you and your coffee take a tumble. Somehow, a splash of bleach makes its way into a load of darks.
What do you say? “It’s always something.” You roll your eyes, puff out a sigh of frustration and defeat, and say, “It’s always something.”
The postman delivers a packet of coupons for things you actually need. You get a promotion or a raise at your job. You have a warm body, which you love more than life itself, to snuggle up against each night. You make it home safe after gnarly traffic on the freeway. What do you say?
Nothing. You say nothing.
Sure, we feel our happiness. We are grateful for it. Occasionally we may even list that with which we are blessed. However, we tend to dwell more on the rotten aspects than the good. We give them more attention. They hit us harder. But it shouldn’t be so.
When the bad things arise, go ahead and say, “It’s always something.”
But, when the good things, especially the little good things like not burning dinner, happen, say, “It’s always something.” Wouldn’t it be nice to let out a sigh of satisfaction instead of a grumble and say, “It’s always something,” with genuine gratitude and pleasure? Every idiom has an origin. But who’s to say we cannot alter them or give them a new place?
There are as many little good things as there are bad, so why not? Why is it always something bad? Why can’t it always be something good?
A little tweak in mentality, in practice, can have a great impact on your life, your attitude, and your happiness. Making yourself more aware than ever before of the little good things will make you a happier person. Seriously. It sounds simple, but everyone knows that a change in vision, perception, and way of thinking takes time, concentration, and practice. However, it is worth it, I promise. So do it. Thank ALL your lucky stars, not just the biggest ones.