Everybody comes back from vacation and inventories their frustrations and failures, right? Just me? I’m an optimist (or so I tell myself). I’m working on the list of positive things to focus on too.
This James Clear quote sums up the backward-looks well:
Different meanings can be assigned to the same events.
Look for evidence of how the world encouraging you, and you will find it.
Look for evidence of how the world is burdening you, and you will find it.
Choose an explanation that empowers you.
I’ll take it further and say choose not just the encouraging explanation of the past, but also the encouraging motivation for the future.
We find what we’re looking for, for better or for worse.