It seems like we are bombarded with tips on how to be grateful every single day. Whether it be through inspirational blog posts, or daily quotes you might be getting in your email, etc.
I am a big advocate for making the best of what you have (lemonade from lemons), and enjoying the little things in life. However…
Recently, I walked outside feeling down. The moment I saw the blue sky and the bright sun, I heard a voice in my head telling me to appreciate these and to be happy. Sometimes I listen to that (because I do not enjoy being miserable), but sometimes I do not (Anyone likes to brood sometimes?). This time around, however, I decided to forego either one of my moods and turn on my science/ observation/ analysis.
What I realized then was that BECAUSE I can easily pick up on beautiful things in life, I also easily pick up on the negative things around me. By fine-tuning myself for positivity, I also opened myself up for easy negativity.
If every little thing can be seen as valuable, every little thing can be seen as something useless and an obstacle.
It appears to me that I did not develop a radar for positivity. What I did was sharpen my senses and my awareness. It is a blessing and a curse. I can see a grain of sand as something magnificent, but I can also see a piece of asphalt as a building block of hell.
No, I do not want to deter you from searching for the positive sides of life. In the end, I do not regret becoming more appreciative and aware, but I did want to warn you that there might be side-effects to seeing sunshines and rainbows everywhere. You just might become more sensitive to the negative. And when you do, it will hurt that much more.
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