Paul Tran playing the Baglama Saz
close up of a Baglama Saz

There’s an old Sufi story about the philosopher who is asked, ‘Why are you always so happy?’ He replied, ‘I wake up every morning with a choice – do I feel sad, or do I feel blessed? I choose to feel blessed.’

Recently, I’ve had conversations with people who keep talking about what they’re missing and what they’re looking forward to. Rarely about what they have.

In the past week, I’ve had a haircut, my new baglama saz (see Learning Unplugged #23 video), a birthday, a Covid jab and so much love and kind wishes. And that’s before I consider the many ‘everyday’ good things.

We can reset our mindset by practising gratitude daily.

At the start of the day, choose gratitude. Think of five things you’re grateful for, jot them down if you wish. At the end of the day, look back and acknowledge five things from that day that you’re grateful for, jot them down if that helps you.

Practising gratitude can tune your mind to the best of what’s around you right now, as well as future possibilities. It is a lovely habit that allows you to acknowledge sadness, while focusing on what’s good in your life.

It’s a habit that’s free and waiting for you to try.

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By Paul Tran

Paul Tran helps people think and do things differently through training, facilitation, coaching writing and music. He enjoys spending time in nature, on beaches and mountains.