365 Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles
Day 46. Tuesday, May 10, 2011
During the drive to work this morning my thoughts were quickly spiraling down into an unhappy place.
Gas prices were irritating me. The long commute was irritating me. The laundry list of tasks at work was irritating me. Sure I have made lemonade from the Dale Carnegie course I was required to take. Yes I’m having ridiculous fun with my blog. But what’s the point?
To combat this negative train of thought I said a short desperate prayer—“please God help me.”
I continued on my drive to work.
At a stoplight I checked my Facebook. A friend posted a comment about losing someone to cancer.
My thoughts then turned to one of my customers—“Laura”. This customer lost her husband to cancer about 3 weeks ago. I began to chew on that thought. I remembered how I took a chance and emailed her that I would remember her in my prayers. (I don’t really know this customer on a personal level). I remembered her reaction—she was so grateful—and asked that I keep her kids “Lindsey” and “Charles” in my prayers too.
As I continued to drive I thought about Father’s Day and how that day will be especially hard for them. I considered what I could send to help honor their father on a day that is normally a happy time but for them will be a grievous time.
I considered the fact that they would gladly deal with the challenges of rising gas prices, long commutes, working miserably long hours at a thankless job—in exchange for having their husband—their father back.
Hmm… guess this day isn’t that bad after all.
The Dale Carnegie principle I used is from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living:
Count your blessings—not your troubles.
I’m the best example of pessimism, complaints and various other negative traits. But as I hope I’ve demonstrated—even I can change my thought process and my outlook on the day and on life in general.
When you take the time to count your blessings your perspective improves. Irritations and hassles won’t drag you down as you focus on the positive in your life.