The forecast read “Partly Cloudy” and immediately my mood shifted to one of grrr…I wanted sunshine.
And, I planned my “partly cloudy” winter day accordingly. Instead of working outside in the 45° weather, I would work inside. After all, every one knows 45° with clouds is far different than 45° with bright sun.
If only the sun would shine…. That was my sigh.
And, so I busied myself indoors while my heart dreamed of outdoor work and I griped about life’s lot that I’d drawn for the day.
At one point I ventured out to the garage with a load of dirty clothes. 45° felt…warm. The sun in my eyes made me squint.
I glanced at the sky and saw only thin wisps of clouds.
“I thought the forecast was for partly cloudy skies,” I muttered to myself.
PARTLY cloudy. That means to some extent, but, it doesn’t specify to what extent.
Why didn’t the forecast say “Mostly Sunny?”
If I’d received a more positive forecast, would my outlook on the day have been more positive and far different in my attitude and actions?
Why did I choose to focus on the negative and not the positive??
“Partly cloudy” leaves the door open to “mostly sunny.” So, why did I slam it shut and pull the blinds against the light?
Perception is everything, from what I hear, and apparently there’s some validity to that.
From here on out, I plan to look at things in a different light. Partly cloudy will provide opportunity for mostly sunny.
And, I’m going to live a mostly sunny lifestyle.
What about you? Are you willing to change your perception and watch your perspective change as a result?
Wow! Things are looking brighter for me already!
Give it a try and let me know how adopting a mostly sunny outlook changes your forecast!