When I opened the door yesterday morning for our usual 6:00 a.m. walk to Starbucks, Lizzie (my dog), and I both did a double take. Neither one of us could believe that there was 2 inches of SNOW on the ground! I shivered with angst at the possibility of a long, cold winter and she shook with excitement at the possibility of making her first ‘dog angel’ of the season!
I know it was early and it is possible that I read too much into this – but truth be told, it wasn’t until I watched my 11 year old retriever run into the yard, drop to the ground and start rolling around making her ‘dog angles’ that I smiled because she was right. What could possibly be more fun at 6:00 a.m. (on October 12th) than rolling around in the snow?
In the context of Emotional Intelligence and Living an EQ Life©, this is about reframing and thinking about what is right with the situation instead of what is wrong with it.
I have spent a fair amount of time with people this year that have struggled with a tremendous amount of loss – including job, home and health. Any or all of these losses created opportunities for ‘pity parties.’ Yet, remarkably, each of these people found a way to reframe their experience in a way that helped them move forward;
“I now know what makes me feel like I am making a difference for myself and for others.”
“A smaller home is allowing us to do more with less.”
“My heart attack is making me healthier and saving money at the same time because I walk or ride my bike everywhere I can.”