Today is not a special day. It’s just another day. I have lots of days that just aren’t special at all. They’re just days.
But every day of my life has two things in common that are rather special and that I’d like to talk about here. And those two things are connected.
Every day I feel the negative effects of my ADHD. And every day I proactively document positive things about my life to combat the depression and anxiety that the negative effects of ADHD cause in my life.
More than two years ago I started writing down a few things that I love every day. I did it on Facebook, sort of a way of making myself responsible for continuing.
It started before me
In fact, I wasn’t the first to do this, using the very words “Today I love …,” my wonderful friend CC Carpenter started this at a time when she felt she needed to reassure herself that there were still positive things in her life. She’d been doing it for a while when we “met” on social media.
And others had begun the same thing before I started. I am a link in a chain of positive thoughts that stretches farther than we are now able to trace.
And it goes beyond me
And an amazing thing happened as I continued to post my personal morning salutations. People started to like them. Then people started to comment on them. Not masses of people, but some.
And then another cool thing happened. People started telling me in person, that they read them everyday. They didn’t click like and they didn’t comment, so they wanted to just let me know that they were reading them and appreciated the positive start it gave their day.
And it comes back to me
And then I realized another good thing that had happened. My making others happy had as much of a positive effect on my own happiness as my writing had. Hearing from people made it all that much better.
But a little more than a month ago it occurred to me that the posts on Facebook were limited to my friends and their friends, even though the privacy settings were set to be totally public. That’s when I got in touch with Psych Central and suggested moving “Today I Love” to Psych Central’s blog area. They too thought it was a good idea and last week “Today I Love” V2.0 was born right here on Psych Central.
“Today I Love” has such a positive effect on me in so many ways that I’m thrilled to be able to share it as widely as possible in the hopes that it does as much good for others as it possibly can
And what do I love today?
Well, that brings me back to that seemingly misleading title up there … “Today I Love My ADHD.”
I hate my ADHD. But you already know that I love many aspects of the way my mind works. Yes, those negative aspects are hell. But in true “Today I Love” fashion, I have to point out that if I didn’t have those negative aspects, I might not have needed to start “Today I Love” at all.
And I would have been a poorer man for that. Today I love my ADHD, and that new blog – “Today I Love … ”