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Tuesdays with MOJO / What if

Marjorie Spitz Rento1 Comment

When considering what to write about this week, my mind jumped around like a Mexican Jumping Bean.  The week has been filled with both such joy, and heartbreak. 

The horrible ISIS attacks on innocent victims, and corresponding Facebook commentary on everything from support, rock music and stories of heroism, to blame, refugees and border controls.

My beloved Montauk beach, and the assault it is under from a project that will lead to its destruction, but meant by some to preserve it. 

Business travel to the beautiful and vibrant city of San Francisco where my company will expand programming for one of our clients – the wall squat contest made the trip particularly worth it.   Plus the leisure travel I added on to spend some glorious time with a dear friend.

The emotions of being on the road, off-kilter eating, sleeping and workout schedule, and missing my hubby.

With all of that – the laughter, the tears and the exhaustion – my body and soul kept coming back to a familiar and deeply satisfying place:  gratitude.

I am one of those people who are annoyingly positive.  Not a day goes by that I am not acutely aware of how blessed I am.  Sometimes for obvious and amazing reasons, and other times for things that I may need to dig a bit for.  To me there is no alternative way of thinking.  99.9% of the time it feels right and typically a sense of calm and satisfaction my reward. 

Now that’s not to say that everything is always peachy keen in MOJO-ville.  But it’s my choice whether to see a situation consistent with a glass half full or empty.  I am grateful to have this outlook and it serves me well.

As I wrote in a previous blog, studies show that those who practice daily gratitude are more positive, happy and have an increased level of energy, optimism and empathy.

I proposed then that we make every day “thanksgiving” and asked you to make a daily list of 5 things you are grateful from the previous day.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, and so many things in the world out of our control, now is the perfect week to consider:  What are you grateful for? 

Participating in that exercise will change your mindset faster than any drug you can take! 

It’s proven that the more you practice gratitude, the more likely you are to be healthy, positive and less lonely (among other things). 

I love this Charlie Brown/Snoopy cartoon.  When I was little, my Dad gave me a stuffed snoopy that I kept for decades (I think my mom secretly got rid of it when we moved out of my childhood home).  My brother played the “Linus and Lucy” song on his piano, and although in real life I was a bit more like Lucy, Snoopy was my bestie.

So, like in this illustration, even with all the madness going on this week, I ask you:  “What if today we were just grateful for everything?” 

And tomorrow, and the rest of the week?  What if you spent just a few days being grateful for everything, with a focus on finding the positive in things?  How would your world change?

Let’s start now:  Please write down what you are grateful for right now.  Feel free to share, but more importantly, keep it going.  What about an hour from now, and two hours from now, and when you go to bed, etc.? 

In a world where it’s super easy to focus on the negative, let’s spend this week focusing on the positive.  Pay attention to how that changes your outlook, and the outcomes. 

Gosh what if we could do that every day, think of how we could influence the world.  What if?

I look forward to hearing how it goes.

Gratefully yours,

Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™