Balancing Your Thoughts

If you like, you can try an experiment: choose three days, either the three days of a long weekend, three days in summer when you don’t have school, or one day in each of three weekends. On the first day, try to see everything that is wrong in your world, whatever it is. What don’t you like? What irritates you or makes you angry? You do have to be careful just to notice things: this experiment will not work if you suddenly decide that your brother is an impossible, stinky mess and he is the biggest reason why things are wrong in your world, or that your sister is a mean, horrid person who only thinks of herself.

If you think of other people like that, you start blaming them, and you can’t move forward! No, just watch yourself seeing what’s wrong with your life, or what’s uncomfortable, or just not good enough. That’s all. You’re not trying to fix any of these things, you just pay attention. And then at the end of the day, make some notes about what kind of a day it was.

On the next day, look at all the things that don’t bother you. They’re not happy things, or exciting or excellent things, they’re just things. Walking to school, or turning in your homework, or eating dinner: just pay attention to those things that dim;y are: you can think about being able to breathe, and walk, and talk, and sit in the chair, or whatever. Not special things, but again, at the end of the day take some time to write out your notes of what kind of a day it was.

On the third day, watch out for everything good. Even if the only good thing you seen in the whole day is that there were bees in the clover in the grass near the school, or that there was a particularly nice sunset, or that you almost dropped something, but you didn’t

Again, pay attention the whole day, and then take notes. Or course you will notice a difference! But why? Was it because of what happened in the day, or because of how you thought about it?

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