Today I had lots of practice. Practice to attitude dance. Was it that kind of day for you? Snow on April 4, clients cancelling (understandably!), even a 2 hour dental appointment for this morning was cancelled, and just now a plan to have a good friend over for an end of day glass of wine went the way of treacherous driving. Every hour or less was an opportunity to practice attitude dancing. Attitude dancing is all about being able to shift. Shift perspective, shift focus, shift plans and let go of earlier expectations of what was supposed to be happening in the day.
Attitude dancing is a practice. For some, this practice comes more naturally. When problems arise, they look for the positive, the blessing, the opportunity. Optimists? Yes, I believe that would be the category they could easily slide into. In fact, according to research, optimists most often inherit this state of positivity.
But, what if you don’t inherit it? Well it may take more conscious intention to rapidly refocus on the days unfolding (or would I dare say unravelling). I have a small sticky note in my office that says, “Give Your Brain a Job.” So when I’m feeling that exasperated experience as the day unravels, I remind myself that I have choices. Honestly, I don’t always take the more positive choice, but the more I practice taking that path, the more my practice reminds me that I actually love to dance!
My brain especially loves to dance because every time I make a choice to practice I see there are new possibilities, shifting intentions, positive streaming thoughts and by the end of that mini experience I am on a new trajectory, one that keeps me grooving to the new attitude, experiencing the day, at every single turn with less stress.
I got a chance to write my blog, the driveway will be at least partly shoveled before my husband gets home after his difficult commute and I have hors’douvres ready to complete the day on a high note. I just needed to attitude dance a bit.