“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
Annie Dillard (1945 – )Writer and Pulitzer prize recipient.
You’ve probably noted how crazy it is when you decide to buy a new car, say a navy Jetta, and all of a sudden, you see blue Jettas all over the place. Or your washing machine breaks down, and you’re immediately bombarded with ads for laundry appliances.
The scientific explanation is related to your reticular activating system, the part of your brain that filters out most of the stimuli so you can function. Otherwise you’d break down from a complete overwhelm from so many messages and signs.
In essence, you tell your brain what to look out for, and it follows accordingly.
If you still doubt, let me challenge you to look for butterflies over the next 24 hours. I am well aware that it is not butterfly season, and you do not need to find a live butterfly to fulfill this mission.
You may find butterflies in a magazine, inside a t-shirt from Wal-Mart, or maybe a child will bring you a drawing of one. I do promise that if you look for butterflies today, you will find the image of one, or remember a specific butterfly, at least once.
So, what if you decide to look for incredibly good things, or unexpected gifts, or business opportunities, or abundance in some other form? Maybe even you need a certain kind of person to help you with a specific project. Seek and you will find.
Does looking for good stuff mean you never get a flat tire. Of course not. Just don’t make a bad or sad event worse than it has to be, by dwelling on it more than you have to.
I got this great concept from Christine Kane, who got it from Caroline Myss: Imagine that each morning you have 100 units of energy to spend however you like. But each unit spent on stewing means less energy for enjoying. Think about it.
Imagine your life when your brain is constantly looking out for good things, and then finding them. You find what you seek.