Albert Einstein called this “the most important decision” we make in our lives.
When you first wake up, what pops into your mind?
Do you start thinking about all the work you have to do? The emails you have to reply to, the pile of paperwork on your desk that has to be completed, or maybe it’s the housework that still needs to get done?
Do you think about the things that make you happy? The kiss your little boy or girl is going to give you before heading out to school, the hug your partner will greet you with when you come home, or the fact that, even though you may not have everything you want, you’re doing just fine?
Albert Einstein once said,
“The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or a hostile universe.”
Is the world you live in hostile or friendly? How do you look at it? It’s up to you to decide.
Every single day I make that decision.
I wake up and ask myself: “Do I live in a good world or a bad world?”
Whether you view your world as good or bad impacts your attitude as you go about your day. Remez Sasson puts it another way by saying that positive thinking “…brings brightness to the eyes, more energy, and happiness.”
It makes you more understanding when things happen that you didn’t necessarily expect.
Someone cuts you off in traffic? It’s okay. At least they didn’t hit you, causing you to be late for your appointment and forcing you to deal with your insurance company, starting the lengthy and often frustrating process of getting your vehicle repaired.
Tourist walking slowly in front of you on the streets of New York City? Have patience! Take in the sights and smells and enjoy your “extra” time. (I had to add this one to remind myself.)
By starting your day with a conscious decision that the world is good, you’re less likely to react in a negative way when things happen that you didn’t plan. You have a little more patience. A little more hope.