I’ve been considering gratitude these last few days.
Reading my favourite author Stephanie Dowrick’s book, Everyday Kindness, I was inspired to set myself a ratio of 5:1 in many areas of my inner life.
– To aim for five positive thoughts about myself for every one thought which is self-critical
-To aim for five positive thoughts about my friends, family, work colleagues and strangers for every one negative criticism I make about them
-To compensate for each self-defeating worry about my life, or the state of the world, with five positive thoughts about what is right in my world, and in the world at large
This reminds me of the saying I read this week: It takes no more time to look at the good in the world as it takes to looks at the bad!