A couple years ago when I was suffering from severe anxiety, a powerful acronym came to me one night. S.M.I.L.E. was a simple word that first reminded me to literally put a smile on my face, getting my body to release some endorphins. It was a good start, but each letter of this word would also become a tool and treasure in my recovery. I’d like to spend by next few blog posts highlighting those phrases. It starts with the mantra See the Good.
It’s essential that we try to See the Good around us in each moment. Even though it might be hard (SO hard!) there really is something to comfort us and bring hope if we look and see it. And we need to see it in order to stay emotionally healthy. As soon as I humbled-up and started believing that there was good in my regardless of my struggles, my life drastically improved. I had some joy again right in that moment.
Now I work hard to See the Good in the details each day to help me stay hopeful. If I see a mess, I try to remember I’m blessed with kids (who make awesome messes) and that we’re all healthy enough to clean it up. When the bills are piling up I try to remind myself that I at least I live in a country that has the conveniences I get to pay for. When I stare at the hole in my shower’s ceiling whenever I rinse the shampoo from my hair, I try to focus on the fact that at least I have indoor plumbing! There are still many areas where I struggle, but I keep practicing and time and time again I see the benefits of living with this conscientious gratitude.
Below are a couple more insights I’ve had where I’ve been able to See the Good. More are in the complete gallery on my site on the S.M.I.L.E. tab. I keep adding photos to it, so check back frequently. You’ll also be able to read more on this topic through an excerpt of my book at the bottom of that web page.
I hope these photos and thoughts can help you train your mind to See the Good regularly so you can enjoy life to the fullest!