This week was filled with small annoyances and uncertainties. When a lot of annoyances build up, the summation can sometimes feel overwhelming even though many of the problems are small.
I had to redirect my thinking a little bit this week to remind myself that these are very small and fixable problems. I am very grateful that they are fixable. Sure, I may have to take it easy for a day, spend a little extra money on something, work a little harder to get everything done, and breathe a little deeper (patience!), but overall these are small things. And they can all be fixed and resolved and in a few weeks they will have passed.
I have a tendency to snowball my thinking when things become inconvenient and add up, but the truth is, I have so much to be thankful for and need to focus on that rather than the small, everyday things that are bound to go wrong once in awhile.
Gratitude is a habit to develop and not something that you just do once Im awhile. If you just exercise "once in awhile", you won't see results. The same goes for changing a behavior. You need to consciously focus on fixing or changing the behavior until you don't have to think about it anymore and it becomes part of your day to day thinking.
I am much better now about not sweating the small stuff, but I still need to refocus myself when things seem to spiral downward. I'm still fixing a few of last weeks problems, but they will go away by the end of the week and for that, I am grateful.