Constant focus and verbalization of what is “wrong” can have significant impact on the energy and vitality of your health, environment and relationships. Both negativity and positivity can have a contagious effect. We have all had that coworker or family member who no matter how beautiful the day is or exciting an event may be, they always seem to find fault, challenge or reason to complain. Constant negative energy can be an instant JOY-KILL! It is said that we become what we think about. If you are always thinking about what is scary in the world, you become fearful …
A client recently shared with me a life altering practice that her and her family used daily. It was so powerful that it changed the energy and dynamics in their home, making meal times and interactions with one another far more enjoyable. She discovered this tool from a friend who worked for a major greeting card company. Tapping into artistic inspiration everyday must certainly be challenging, so much that this individual developed a habit that only noticed what was wrong with her work. As a result she became complacent, unmotivated and depressed. Desperate to reinvigorate her creativity she made a pact with a colleague that at the end of the day they would share their art work with each other and only pick out the best-square-inch. Voila! Instead of looking at the entire project and judging it to be good or bad, the focus became their “favorite square inch.” That practice began to help lessen critical self-judgment and stimulate creative juices with positive results.
My client adopted this tool and began sharing it with her family. At dinner they would each share the best square inch of their day. It was so positive that they later created a best square inch journal that sat on their counter top where family members regularly added experiences, events and inspirational thoughts. Eventually each person set out each day looking for something that they could add to the book – imagine setting an intention each day to find JOY! She has preserved these cherished journals so to be enjoyed by future generations to come!
This is really the practice of gratitude. Focusing on what one is grateful for daily can be life changing. Gratitude opens up the space for light and possibilities, because gratitude encourages acceptance and appreciation which is often described as an engine for holistic change.
Here’s to Finding the Best-Square-Inch of Your Day!