The “ick” factor
I was up at my cabin, working at my desk. I looked outside and saw a massive amount of insects swarming. An “ick” factor for me since I generally don’t like insects.
Discovery transforms “ick” to “joy”
Later that day, I went outside to do some work on my shed. A ladybug landed on me. I smiled, then noticed other ladybugs crawling on the shed. I realized that the swarming insects were ladybugs! All of a sudden, the “ick” factor transformed to a “joy” factor. Was it the thought of the childhood ditty about ladybugs flying home? Or the thought that ladybugs eat aphids and other pests and so are supportive to gardeners?
The power of reframing
Whatever the reason, my initial thoughts about swarming insects created an unpleasant reality and then different thoughts totally transformed my reaction to the same situation to create a very different reality. How powerful our thoughts are! Here’s to creating more pleasant situations just by framing them that way!
(Sometimes reframing isn’t appropriate or doesn’t work. Sometimes there is a reality that isn’t pleasant that is important to face, tell the truth about as it is and deal with.)