Last week my lovely sister invited to share three positive things each day for five days on facebook. This was quite easy for me. I describe myself as a realist, but actually I’m an optimist with a sprinkling of cynicism.
Even on very ordinary (and if I’m honest) quite dull days it was good to focus on the positive things that happened. When we focus on what’s good, we see more of what’s good, and our world becomes a better place. I was even planning to make good things happen so I had something to post about!
It made me wonder, in our very busy, fast-paced lives where instant gratification is king, how often do we stop. To pause. To reflect?
By taking time to reflect we actively think about what has made us happy/sad that day. What we achieved and what we didn’t. What we did well, and where we let ourselves down.
From this reflection, should come some sort of conclusion (or even enlightenment), and from that we can plan to get more of what we want and less of what we don’t; to achieve more success and less failure; to do more of what makes us happy and less of what doesn’t. In other words, to grow and develop.
Doesn’t this sound a lot like the learning cycle?
We have slowly slipped into a habit of act-react, almost completely missing out the reflection and conceptualisation phases of learning. If we don’t take time to reflect and think, how will we ever learn from the lessons that life teaches us? How will we ever get off of the hamster wheel that many people find themselves in?
Reflecting on three positive things is such a great and simple habit to get into, I’m continuing to do it…although not on facebook, and I think that you should too.