Here is a brief synopsis of following article (726 words): "Three Best Things" by Gary Lockwood When my sons were very young, I taught them a game. In turn, that game taught me a valuable lesson that still works for me today.
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"Three Best Things"
My two sons, Dan and Doug, were five and six years old.
On their fist day of school, we started a new game. At dinner that evening, I asked, "Boys, what was fun-est thing you did today"?
Watching their response, I could tell what they were thinking. "Oh-Oh; Daddy's on a new kick again". Regardless, Doug and Dan each told of something fun and interesting they did that day. I contributed by relating to them something weird and funny that had happened at my office that day (something weird was happening at my office almost every day, it seems).
We laughed at each other's stories and went on to enjoy a delightful dinner together.
The next evening, I again asked them, "Boys, what was fun-est thing you did today"? This time, they each had one ready to tell. And I once again told them about something weird and funny that had happened at my office that day. As first evening, we laughed and had a good time with this.
Each evening at dinner, I asked same question. By end of first week, boys could see that this was going to be a regular thing. They came to dinner table already knowing what their evening's story would be.
In weeks to follow, Doug and Dan each had at least one fun thing to tell and sometimes two or three. They even competed to see who had fun-est story. Dan would say, "I want to go first. My story is better than Doug's".
After a while, it almost seemed that these boys were making fun things happen during day, just so they could tell about it at dinner. We laughed a lot and enjoyed each story.
Where was their focus? That's right; on positive things that were going on with them. During this time of their lives, do you suppose that Dan and Doug had any unpleasant things happening to them or around them? Of course they did! We all have negative events and negative people in our lives.