It has recently come to my attention that I'm not always a "glass half full" kind of guy. In fact, sometimes I'm a "the glass is broken and there's a friggin' mess now because you were careless and now I've cut myself" kind of guy. It's not my fault. Let me explain. You are the product of your environment, right? . And that's all I'll say about that for now. But it's never too late. Actually 50 is the perfect time to figure this crap out. The first half of my life was spent sometimes dwelling on the negative but the second half, that's when things can get really interesting.
But retraining yourself can be a difficult thing to do. So bear with me. One thing I've done recently is start taking advantage of a little break that I have in my day with a reminder from my watch to "breathe". No idea where the app came from. But it popped up one day and I looked at it and did what it said. So now when it pops up I take the time to stop, breathe, listen to my thoughts, and try to remember to be grateful for my life, my awesome wife, daughter, family, neighbors, and my awesome job. It's not hard for me once I stop and think about it. In fact, it's pretty easy.
I'm not a religious person, per se, but I am spiritual. Probably not as much as I should be, but I do believe and feel that being nicer makes me a better person. At least that's the way I feel. And the world could really use that about now. At least that's my opinion. all I know is what I experience. When I'm nice to someone and they didn't expect it they are affected. Sending an email that says "great job" or better yet, telling them in person. Letting someone out in traffic. Giving someone money before they ask for it. Telling someone they look nice or you're proud of them. They all fall right in line with "People might not always remember what you said but they will always remember the way you made them feel". So I'm learning to look up, be positive, to make things better even when things seem grim. I have two great role models for it, my wife and my boss, so it should be pretty easy. I'm learning I said. Don't rush things.