Pick the Brain had a post today that listed Invaluable Life Lessons from Bon Jovi. I thought this was definitely worth sharing, not just because I'm a Bon Jovi fan. All of this advice is fantastic, and many of the points are things I've been thinking about almost daily as I contemplate changes that I want to make in my life.
I was especially drawn to Point #4: Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you. I've been thinking about this a lot lately, how our perception of certain things can shape our experiences. I've also been trying to become aware of the influences other people have over my own thought patterns, both positive and negative. I think that gaining awareness on this can really help show you how both your own perceptions and other people really do affect how you think about things. There are people in my life that bring me down. These are people who seem to always have drama and aren't content with how things are. When I'm around these people, it's easy for me to fall into their patterns and negative thinking. Alternately,there are certain people in my life who I feel drawn to because of their positive energy, who seem to energize me just with their company. I crave these people and feel so full when I spend time with them. Almost surprisingly so. It's refreshing, really, and I feel so fortunate to have such wonderful influences in my life.
Awareness is the first step. Be aware of how you think about things, how you interpret your experiences. Be aware of how your perceptions affect your mood and your thoughts. Be aware of how you feel when you're around certain people. How do they influence your mood? Do they bring you down, or do they seem to lift you up? It is only once you realize how your perceptions affect you that you'll be able to make active, deliberate changes in your thinking. And, it's amazing how those deliberate changes in your thinking can change so many things about your life.