Imagine you have a bad day, something has not gone your way or you have an important decision to make. You may benefit from taking stock on a mental give-a-shit-ometer. A suggestion below.
On a scale of 1-10 how bad is this (thing, problem, conflict):
10. You have just been blown up by an IED and have moments left to live
9. You have lost a limb or limbs
8. You have just been wounded
7. You are being shot at
6. You have just made a decision that will kill someone to save someone else being killed
Okay, if you are not in a war zone then I am guessing you are already down to a 5. Let’s move on to financial:
5. You do not have enough money for food, clothes or shelter
4.8. You have just made a decision that will bankrupt an entire country, if not the world
4.5. You have just made a decision that will bankrupt your company
4.2. You have just made a decision that will bankrupt yourself
If you are reading this, then chances are that here is where most of your problems will start:
3. You are overweight, unhealthy and do not like yourself. You will die slowly of first world diseases; you know this and yet you are eating a bag of Cheetos as we speak.
2. You felt aggrieved by someone else’s actions (wife cheated; friend spoke to a guy you like; someone cut you up on the way to work)
1. You felt aggrieved by someone else’s words (Trump said something stupid; Glenda “always” knows how to push my buttons; my boss is an asshole)
Why do we care so much about items 1-3?
Because that is all we have to care about. Not so bad after all is it?
Gratitude solves a lot of problems before they start.
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