Happy Thought #5 – Our Ability to Choose Our Reaction

My company has been remote since the beginning of the pandemic and I will be staying remote permanently. So today my mission was to officially pack up my office.

Now that I’m at the end of the day I can say confidently that today had a lot of potential to be difficult. However, each time something difficult came up, I found myself changing my outlook.

Here’s what happened:

  • I found myself getting frequently emotional, thinking how much I’d miss seeing my coworkers in person regularly.
  • I had only planned on the packing taking a couple of hours but it took about five.
  • When I finished the 40 minute commute home, I realized I’d left my work computer at the office so I had to drive back to get it.

As these thoughts happened, I shifted my outlook in the following ways:

  • I reminded myself that I haven’t seen my coworkers in person in about 9 months but we’ve still found meaningful ways to interact.
  • I reminded myself I could still see my coworkers periodically as most of us live in the same city.
  • I was grateful to have such great coworkers who I want to see regularly.
  • I reminded myself that I had blocked the entire day for this project so the fact that it took longer than normal didn’t really impact me.
  • On my initial drive home I had enjoyed some of my favorite podcasts. So when I realized I had to drive back to the office I decided to look forward to more podcast time.
  • Because of my extra drive, my hubby and I decided to order food in for dinner, so it led to a nice treat for the end of the day.

It’s not always easy and this was a light day compared to some days many others are having right now. Regardless, I never cease to be amazed at our capacity to choose how we react to a situation. That’s why this is my happy thought today!

Published by Taryn Hewett

Hi, I’m Taryn! I'm a certified professional coach who helps people live lives of passion, purpose, and fulfillment. I'm an avid believer that holistic happiness is the key to everything we want to achieve in life. When we're happy and fulfilled, it causes a positive ripple effect in all areas of our lives: family, work, community - you name it. I am so honored and excited to help others along their own journey to happiness.

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