I try to keep a positive attitude. It’s something I’ve been working on for the last couple of years. But before this I was turning into a premature curmudgeon. I was always grumbling about something and though I hadn’t reached the point where I would say I was an angry person or negative by any means, I didn’t like the turn my personality was taking. Instead while others approached 2012 with the resolution to lose weight or quit smoking, I resolved to be grateful.
By and large I have been successful in this endeavour and if I do say so myself am much improved at letting negativity go. But there are times when I feel frustrated and I just want to hide somewhere for a few hours. Or days. Or weeks.
In the last 5 days I’ve had my laptop die and my cell phone fall into water. That’s a lot of money for me to fork over in such a short amount of time. Money I would gladly have put to any number of other uses. But as cathartic as it is to complain (and on the note of being positive, I am very grateful that I have so many people in my life who indulge these occasional bursts of remonstrating) ultimately these inconveniences are very minor.
Happily the return to being positive and feeling grateful has received a nifty boost.
I have been busily emailing people for their contact information and entering phone numbers into my new phone. And for each number I receive I send a quick “Thank you!” text in reply. Partly to make sure I’ve entered each phone number correctly. Partly because I am grateful. Grateful to have these people in my life and grateful that by the simple act of re-sending me their contact information that these people — family, friends, clients — indicate to me that they wish me to continue being a part of their world. After all it’d be easy enough for them to make a break for it now — I can’t call after them!
So with each “Thank you” I’m reminded that although the last few days have not been the greatest in terms of finances and technology, I still have so much to be thankful for.