A few years ago, my sister gave me a refrigerator magnet that changed my life. Or, at least, my outlook on it. It says: What if it all goes right?
I'm a compulsive worrier, so even when things are going right, it makes me anxious. All I can do is think about what's going to happen to ruin it, and when. But this little refrigerator magnet, a small daily affirmation as I reach for my coffee cream, has somehow wormed it's way into my thinking. Now, instead of always waiting for the other shoe to drop, sometimes I just enjoy things being all right.
- Hitting three green lights in a row when I was a little late taking my son to karate.
- My husband pulling hot food out of the oven just as I walked into the house after an evening meeting, late and hungry.
- A friend being available last minute to meet for lunch.
- Window shopping that yielded nothing I wanted on a day I didn't have money to spend.
- Finally figuring out a particularly tricky revision on a manuscript I've been working on.
- Having a coupon for a free hot beverage at my favorite coffee place (where the above revision took place).
What if it all goes right? Well, yesterday it really seemed to. I appreciated every moment, and I think that is the key. I think things are "going right" all the time, we just need to take a moment to notice them. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go take my daughter's forgotten violin into school. Maybe I'll get all the green lights.