What the world needs now is love sweet love. It's the only there's just too little of. Not just for some but for everyone. –Dionne Warwick
Some mornings you wake up and regardless of the many amazing things happening, you feel gloomy. That's how I woke up this morning. I just felt off.
I looked out the window of our Yorkville apartment. The beautiful apartment we rented just above some of Toronto most inspiring streets. It's early and my daughter is sleeping peacefully. I wonder why I am feeling this way? I quickly recount the last day's events. Tuna tartar, a good bottle of Pinot Noir, east coast oysters, an invitation to return to Italy. (Did you get that? Italy 5 days, food and wine, Italians, the people I love, the country that saved me. Remember?) Had I not had the best day yesterday?
Still, here I am feeling off. What is it? Where do these feelings appear from? Was it the gluten in the tuna? Jet lag from our 5am flight? Perhaps it's the rain today. Nevertheless, I immediately do what I know works best for me. I remember Gabby Bernstein's message When you compliment another, you’re complimenting yourself, for that boomerang effect. I pick up my phone and send 10 sweet notes to my new Instagram followers. Immediately, I am rewarded with inspiring notes back. That feels better already.
I open my computer and search for any article that will inspire me, I know that works. Today, I find the 9-minute morning routine Tony Robbins swears by. I got this. I knew this. Why did I ever stop? I set my timer for my first 3 minutes. Immediately, my tears are right there. It feels like God. The connection to my soul. I always feel this way when my emotions are at the forefront; I know I’m on the right track.
9 minutes later, I feel significantly better. Now I'm feeling extremely grateful. For this moment and all that lies ahead. And I’m reminded, the power lies with me and a few learned techniques that will quickly turn my gloom to a grateful state.