This week I celebrated my birthday. I turned 31 years old. It is hard for me to believe that is was the 10th anniversary of my very important 21st birthday. Now that was a good birthday!
As I get older I appreciate birthdays more and more. I enjoy the time I get to spend with family, with my wife, parents and in-laws in particular. Last year, I was nervous about my 30th birthday. I was kind of dreading it the year leading up to it. I even wrote a blog post about how I was having a Pre 30 Life Crisis! That was a fun one to write.
I came to accept the fact that I was turning 30 and it was no big deal. In fact, it was a pretty good thing (which kind of sets me up for this post). I even wrote a post called 30 Lessons I Have Learned by 30.
I sure did learn a lot over my first 30 years. Over the last year, I have come to realize one thing that I always knew, but that I now know now is absolute truth.
One Thing I Know For Sure at 31…
Is that my life is great. I don’t say this to brag. I won’t even list all the reasons that my life is great other than the number one reason. My life is great because I CHOOSE to see it as great. I CHOOSE not to focus on some of the not so great things that come up every now and then.
I believe that 90 percent of all of our lives is good and only 10 percent is actually bad. But what do most people focus on? If you read your Facebook newsfeed right now, what will most people be posting about? The bad stuff usually. If 90 percent is good and only 10 percent bad, why in the world would we focus on the 10 percent?
I choose to focus on the 90 percent. I know for sure that my life is great because of that focus. My hope for all who read this is that you will focus on all of the good in your life, not the bad. Making that choice really changes everything.
I learned that when I was dreading 30 because I was thinking about the negatives. But when I thought about the positives, my attitude changed. Attitude really is everything.
What will you choose to focus on today? This week? Month? The rest of 2017? The 90 percent good? Or the 10 percent bad?