If you follow me on Facebook (if you don't, why not? here I am) you know that for a couple of weeks now, I've been posting a quick list every day about what I'm feeling happy/positive about.
I decided to do this one day when it felt like all I saw on FB feed was negative/angry/hate-filled posts.
Don't get me wrong, I agree with some of those posts and could write them myself. But after writing a ranting post, I paused, and asked myself if that was what I wanted to put out into the world. Did I want to perpetuate the practice that makes me angry/sad/depressed?
My answer was 'no'. So I've been posting positive/happy things and a weird thing started to happen.
Some of my followers began their own positive posts. People send me private messages, people email me.
I never expected any of that.
I was just trying to change my own mindset.
And guess what, it's working.
A couple of weeks ago I had a car accident and I immediately found the positive in it. In the past I would have raged about how unfair it was and how the truck driver who left his tire in the road was an idiot, but when I got out of the car and looked at the damage, I immediately thought, "That could have been a lot worse. I got lucky."
This week I'm a bit overwhelmed about next week's work. I'm writing Hitwoman 11 (due to my editor at the end of the month) and I'm going to get the copy edits back for Hitwoman 10, AND I'm getting content edits back for another book, AND I really want to work on the new series I'm developing.
That's ALOT of work. But when I started to panic and feel overwhelmed, I found myself thinking, "Isn't it cool that after years of hard work, I'm this busy with my writing?" Change of mindset. Now I'm eager to tackle EVERYTHING.
Now don't get me wrong. I still have negative/angry/hateful thoughts (they keep manifesting in my dreams...that can't be good) and there are days when I'm hard-pressed to come up with something "good" to post on Facebook, but I'm glad I've gotten into the habit and I'm grateful for all the practice has brought me.
Tell me Killer Friends: What are YOU feeling happy or positive about?