Today on my lunch break, I noticed I was feeling pretty stressed about all of the items still un-done on my to-do list. I knew I had a busy afternoon full of patients to see after lunch (which translates into zero time to get those tasks checked off my list!), and I was nervous that I would end up taking work home for the weekend if I didn't get it all done. When I sat down at my therapy table with my first afternoon patient, though, I took a deep breath and told myself to, "zoom in."
It took a few minutes. I was face to face with my patient, so I tried to notice what he was noticing. I tried to see what it was that made him light up. I noticed he'd had a hair cut since last week, and I could see his eyes better today. I noticed that he smiled when he tapped a shape-sorter block against the table. When I copied him and made the same tapping sound, he laughed. I noticed that he used his voice more when there was noise in the background, like a ball popper popping or a musical toy playing. By the end of the session, I had forgotten my to-do list stress, and had learned a few new things about my sweet patient that made our session incredibly productive. Just by zooming in.
It's the same at home. When I'm caught in the big picture of who needs to be where, and what needs to be done when, and how best to juggle it all, if I can just "zoom in" on my daughter, or my husband, or my dog, or a neat flower that just bloomed, my stress will often flow away, without a lot of effort on my part.
And now, it's Friday! And I'm home! And my daughter's spending the night with her cousin! And even though I brought a tiny bit of work home, I'm going to "zoom in" on my hubby and have a nice dinner with him now!
What can you "zoom in" on today, for a quick happiness boost?