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Today is laugh and get rich day, which is a day that I can really get behind. I’m not cash poor, but like most people I wouldn’t mind some extra cash. However, I do not think this is the true meaning behind this holiday. I did some research and cannot find out how this holiday started, but I like the idea behind it. Being positive, even when things are difficult can really alter the end result. I am very guilty of easily being able to find the negative in a situation, rather than looking for the positive, but I want to try to change my thinking. A good friend posted the following story on Facebook a little while ago and it really resonated with me, because I am in danger of being that person if I do not try to be more positive.
This story goes as follows:
You’re eating breakfast with your family. Your daughter knocks over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt. You have no control over what just happened. What happens next will be determined by how you react. You curse. You harshly scold your daughter for knocking the coffee cup over. She breaks down in tears. After scolding her, you turn to your spouse and criticize them for placing the cup too close to the edge of the table. A short verbal battle follows.
You storm upstairs and change your shirt. Back downstairs you find your daughter has been too busy crying to finish breakfast and get ready for school. She misses the bus. Your spouse must leave immediately for work. You rush to the car and drive your daughter to school. Because you are late, you drive 40 miles an hour in a 30 mph speed zone.
After a 15-minute delay and throwing £60 (traffic fine) away, you arrive at school. Your daughter runs to the building without saying good-bye. After arriving at the office 20 minutes late, you find you forgot your briefcase. Your day has started terribly. As it continues, it seems to get worse and worse. You look forward to going home. When you arrive home, you find a small wedge in your relationship with your spouse and daughter. Why? Because of how you reacted in the morning.
Why did you have a bad day?
A) Did the coffee cause it?
B) Did your daughter cause it?
C) Did the Policeman cause it?
D) Did you cause it?
Of course the answer is D. You caused it! You had control over what happened. In those 5 seconds following the spilt coffee, your response could changed everything! You could have consoled your daughter and say , “It’s ok, sweetie, don’t worry about it” Calmly change shirts. Your daughter catches the bus in time. You give your wife a six second kiss goodbye. You get to work early. And you have a great day!
Two totally different scenarios. They began the same. But ended different. Why? Because of your response instead of reaction. You had no control over the coffee spilling. But you did have control over your attitude!
Adapted from Ken Weliever
10% of life is stuff that happens to you. 90% depends on your choice of reaction to what has happened to you. Which brings me back to my point, the holiday of ‘laugh and be rich day’. To be rich in life is to be happy. For some that is money, for it others that is their career. For me it is about family and friends and doing things that I enjoy. My primary job is teaching, which on the whole I enjoy, but I let the little things get me down. I need to focus on all the kids that did well today, not the 2 that misbehaved. I need to think about the 4 lessons that went well, not the one that didn’t. I need to think about all of the work I have done this week, not about all the marking I still have to do! I’m not saying it is easy, but that is my challenge today and I challenge you to do the same. Go and see some friends and have a laugh! It’s good for you! A research published in the International Journal of Obesity found just 15 minutes of laughter a day will burn 10-40 calories, depending on a person’s weight and the intensity of the laughter. That is enough to lose between 1–4lbs a year. ~ Dr. Mike Clark.
I’m off to plan my first Jewellery social! A good laugh with great friends and fantastic jewllery.
‘We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make our world.’ ~ Buddha