I was in the hospital waiting area, and I asked a preschooler, “Who are you waiting for?” He shared he was waiting for his grandmother to get her heart checked. I then shared that my mother too was having her heart checked and she was getting a stent. His eyes opened wide as he smiled and said, “Wow, that is so cool! I wish my grandma was getting stilts! I think it would be so cool if she was taller!”
As I looked around the hospital waiting room, it was full of anxious adults. I saw no one excited except this one preschooler. He was able to look at my situation and be envious. As adults, it is easy to look at our circumstances as a gloom and doom situation. Hospitals are full of broken bones, bad hearts, joint pains and diseases. No one wants these conditions, yet it is up to each of us to choose how we react to them.
When presented with a challenging situation, thinking about things we are thankful for can increase our happiness by 25%. Click here to read about increasing happiness through gratitude. When our mind can change a disease into a diversity to deal with or change a broken bone into a colorful cast, it can become easy to change a stent into a cool stilt. A change like that can change the whole atmosphere in a hospital waiting room. If a hospital waiting room can change its atmosphere with the positive thoughts of one preschooler, certainly the adults in the world can do their part for the rest of the world. We can all take a deep breath, put on our stilts and stand tall as we go forth with feelings of gratitude.
- What is something you are facing that is challenging this week?
- What things are you grateful for this week?
- Which of those two questions came easier for you to answer?
- Who are YOU waiting for to bring you happiness?
“Being tall is an advantage, especially in business. People will always remember you. And if you’re in a crowd, you’ll always have some clean air to breathe.” Julia Child
The Power of a Preschooler will change your mind…. if you let it.