The title of this post really says it all and is self-explanatory. But, this concept was made crystal clear to me when I found myself focusing on one gift I received this holiday season that I didn’t like. I had received so many wonderful gifts from various people and yet I was focusing on one “bad” gift. This was only for a brief moment but it caught my attention. Because this gift instance is a straight forward example, I was able to see the utter ridiculousness of putting our attention on what we don’t like or want. Literally, surrounded by all these wonderful gifts and directing my attention at the one I didn’t like!
I realized how, as with the gifts, we have the choice to focus on one, or maybe even a few things, we don’t especially like or appreciate the multitude of other things we do like. We can be (are!) surrounded by tons of good things – at times, they may seem like insignificant things, but they are good nonetheless – and miss them because we choose to emphasize the bad thing.
It’s pretty simple, so let’s not complicate it. Do we want to dwell on the bad or good gifts? What we put our attention and thoughts on determines how we feel. The choice is ours. (And remember, looking at the bad stuff won’t make it magically go away or improve. See Law of Attraction and Joy)
What great gifts are all around you?