I heard a joke the other day in the book I just finished: Smart Thinking by Art Markman
In honor of Rosh Hashanah, here goes:
A Jewish grandmother is watching her grandchild playing on the beach when a huge wave comes and takes him out to sea.
She pleads, “please God, save my only grandson. I beg of you, bring him back.”
And a big wave comes and washes the boy back onto the beach, good as new.
She looks up to heaven and says: “He had a hat!”
It cracked me up because we all do this, right?
Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, whathaveyou, we all experience times of ingratitude where are focus falls solely on the lack.
In dieting or any lifestyle change, for instance, our attention always seems to intensify that which we can no longer enjoy. Never mind the benefits and myriad of possibilities of new choices, we harp on the three things we can no longer do or have and like a toddler pitch a fit over it until we (likely) fail.
Now when you find yourself seeing the glass half empty, you’ve got yourself a good analogy to snap you out of ingratitude onto much more positive thinking: He had a hat!
I leave you with this: Don’t end up that Jewish grandmother. In case you didn’t know, gratitude is the new sexy!
Kat Hurley is a transformational author, speaker and personal development coach, making over motivation @The Year of Magical Dreaming. For the full 411, visit kathurley.com, yo!