What's your morning ritual? Does it include setting an intention for the day?
My seven-year old daughter told me this morning that she was going to have a great day. She said it with such conviction, while wearing a huge smile on her face. She then took it a notch further. She said that if something bad happened, that she’d turn it into good.
That made my day! And, it got me thinking…
One, would she have a good day? Would she remember the intention she set if a hard moment arose? How would the day play out for her? I was so curious the entire day!
Two, how easy is it for a kid to think this? I mean, it’s not like kids have jobs, homes to take care of, families to support/feed and so on. So, setting an intention to have a great day must be really easy for a kid, right? Then I thought more about it. What if it’s all relative? What if the emotional and psychological response kids have with their experiences equal our responses to our experiences? How is a fight between friends different if they’re kids vs adults? It’s still really painful. What about being bullied? Kids deal with bullies, arguably more so than adults these days. That can be extremely impactful, and has shown to actually drive some kids to suicide. The point is, both kids and adults have significant challenges to process on any given day. How we respond to them is relative to our own unique experiences.
If you follow my blog even a little, you know I’m a pretty positive person. I’ve talked to my daughter about mindset and perspective and we’ve tackled this very topic - the idea that maybe, just maybe, there’s “good” that can come out of “bad” things.
At the end of the day, “good” and “bad” are just labels. What I label as “good” you may not, and vice versa. A majority of the things that happen on a day-to-day basis could possibly be labeled as "good" if we're willing to look at it that way.
Do you wake up expecting a great day ahead? If not, how would your life change if you did?
Be open to what comes.