Nothing is one thing

“How was your day?”

It’s tempting to answer with just one word.

“Fine.”

The same way we try to lump a job, a project or a person into a single emotion. As if there’s a prize for brevity, and pressure to categorize a lifetime of experiences and expectations into just a few words or a single feeling.

Whatever we’re encountering is a combination of experiences and feelings–from extraordinary to banal to absurd.

The real question is, “which part are you focusing on?”

If you’re focusing on the part of your day that was “fine”, then you’re ignoring the parts that were a miracle, or disappointing, or thrilling.

We get what we pay attention to. Our narration determines what we experience and what we remember.

If your narration isn’t helping you, perhaps it pays to focus on something else.

“Which part of your day are you experiencing right now?”

HT


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