Get Your Gladinator On

August 1, 2016 | 21 Comments »

The GladinatorAre good tidings in the air, or is it just me?

That’s what I wondered after a morning filled with pleasant surprises and delightful discoveries at every turn.

A local botanical garden I didn’t know about! Offering $5 classes! I just signed up for companion planting! woo hoo!

And a boutique chocolate store just blocks away, with to-die-for almond clusters that were so good they were gone in five minutes!

Lovely emails from lovely people sharing such nice things. (You guys are the best!)

It made me feel a little spoiled, like I might be Universe’s favorite.

Am I exceptionally lucky, or is everyone having this good a time today? (I mean, it could be astrological, I suppose.)

But then I realized it’s more likely that all of us are always being showered with the goods.

It’s just that some are better at seeing it than others.

Which made me glad that on this day I have eyes for the gifts.

I don’t see this stuff on all days, in all moods. But lots of times I do.

That’s what Grant Mattos called it during his exit interview after his best friend betrayed and blindsided him on Survivor.

“My eyes are open to the gifts.”

I love that quote so much it’s still on my white board all these years later.

Because that’s what I want – eyes for the gifts. No matter the circumstances, I want to be able to see what’s going right.

You know what I call that?

A gladinator.

And Pollyanno is the pro at it.

A gladinator is “one who is trained and skilled to see the positive in any situation.”

(I just made that up.)

It’s not a talent everyone has. It’s cultivated. You could call it a superpower.

Sometimes it takes years of practice before seeing the good becomes second nature and no longer requires conscious effort.

But it’s a practice worth engaging.

Because we get what we look for, so when we develop the habit of looking for what’s going right, we end up seeing lots of things going right in the world.

And that is a beautiful thing.

I want to be someone who is good at seeing the blessings and the benefits. The silver linings and the bright sides. That’s what I want to have eyes for.

The same way my dad is really good at spotting at deer on the mountain … while driving, at dusk, he still sees them.

I can’t see anything there – just trees and bushes for me. How is he seeing deer?

But he’s a hunter who has developed hunter’s eyes. He knows their ways and where they’re likely to be. He’s studied them, so he’s good at it.

Sometimes if I look long enough and he points in their direction, I can see them. Sometimes.

It’s the same with the good news and what’s going right.

Sometimes it’s tricky to see. Sometimes others can see it easily and we’re totally blind to it.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not there.

That can offer some comfort when we’re not able to see it. Just knowing it is there, and that when our mood shifts (which it always does) we will be able to see it. That eases some of the angst, right?

Having said that, there is a time for rotten moods, bad days, hissy fits and crying jags. We weren’t meant to be perpetually happy 24/7.

But we can stack the deck in our favor by developing eyes for the gifts in life.

Which just takes practice.

So this is your official invitation to get your Gladinator on by making a point of looking for what’s going right and celebrating the wins – big or small – as you find them.

It’s a day in day out practice that makes all the difference.

In fact, you can practice right now by sharing some of your good news in the comments.

PS – if you’d rather hear this subject in my own words, the latest podcast is here.

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21 Responses to “ Get Your Gladinator On ”

  1. Jeannette says:

    I just got a chance to practice this, when I got a contentious email from an ex trying to pick a fight. I could feel my heart rate go up, responding to his call for battle, and then remembered wait a minute! I’m a Gladinator! I don’t get baited by stuff like this! I rise above! I keep my cool head! I remember who I am and what I’m all about!

    Which is happiness, and ease, and love. Everything works out for me, and this is, too. Plenty of things going right here, when I keep my good news head on.

    Score another one for my inner Gladinator. 🙂

    • Susan says:

      Such a good post Jeanette and I love this as a “go-to.” It’s a good example of getting out in front of things. I’m going to keep this in mind.


  2. Dana says:

    Firstly, I’m glad that today you’re the Gladinator! I needed a brush with a Superhero (you!) 😉

    I’m glad we’ll have a place to live, even if we don’t have “the” place we really want before August 30th. I’m glad we have amazing friends who offered their guest cottage (almost like a treehouse, really) to us, even if it’s small – it’s extremely quiet, private, and in nature – all of these things we love. I’m so glad for the Universe’s hand in all of it.

    I’m glad I have the most amazing and supportive sweetheart. I’m glad he comforts me when I am feeling a bit low, and reminds me to get into alignment before I start my day (feeling low). He’s the bestest ever! I’m glad he’s in my life!

    I could go on & on…but, this is today. There is so much more to be glad about really. Thanks Ms. Gladinator Jeannette.

  3. Lynda says:

    Thank you so much for this and every single thing you post! I’m glad I subscribe to your posts and have you as a friend on FB. It is these kinds of things that help me navigate life.

    I’m glad I walked (not drove) to Starbucks this morning and heard the caw of a crow and saw him perched under a roof gable seemingly greeting everyone who walked by. Glad I noticed the adorable house across the street and I have been living here over a year!! I just noticed it! So today is a good day for me too as I am seeing all kinds of things, in the moment, that bring a smile to my face.

  4. Jesann says:

    I won’t say much other than I’m glad I listened to a “why not”-type hunch this morning. 😀

  5. Namaste says:

    Saying the word “gladinator” brings a smile to my face. Great word!


  6. Katy says:

    This is great Jeanntte!! Maybe why the Pollyanna movie is still saved on my DVR 5 yrs later- just so I can tune in anytime I need a nudge! I think I will be watching more this week to help keep me Glad, more often!

  7. john summers says:

    i love thinking i am a “gladinator”…need more of us,spread the word
    we are in the Gladinator nation…This is the day the Creator made and i am happy to be here right now…we are pillars of “light”, like
    in the “wizard of Oz”… Follow the yellow brick road…I.m 74 yrs young and i’m off to see the Wizard…i am glad to have another day!
    Gratitude and Appreciation…..i got a Blessing coming my way oh yeah!

  8. Janet Mailer says:

    This made my morning! I’ve been practicing looking for the good all of my life. It has driven my family crazy at times but it DOES work for me! I want my heart and mind to remain focused on what is good in this world, the blessings I have and the smile I can bring to those I encounter. Thanks for letting me be a “Gladinator”. Love it!

  9. Vanesseva says:

    Gladinator…I’m glad I was able to help a friend out today who needed me there. I’m glad that when I took my after-dinner walk,I saw a family of deer who just stood and we just watched each other for a while. I’m glad it cooled down so we will have a good sleeping night. I’m glad all of my family is safe and sound. Thank you Jeannette for your posts.

  10. Kitty says:

    Right on time. I seemed to have fallen off the LOA wagon and got into complaintville (not good real estate to live in…I was complaining and hearing complaints from all directions). You really don’t want to live there after being a Gladinator. Moving on up!

    You are an amazing gift and Gladinator Extraordinaire.

    Thank you for this post.

    • Jeannette says:

      I know how easy it is to visit Complaintville, Kitty. It’s a neighborhood I know how to get to. lol

      Here’s to remembering our Gladinator selves and steering right back into our sweet spot. 🙂

  11. Pickles says:

    Friday was a huge Gladinator day for me and I am still revelling in the glow:
    1. My nephew broke the high jump record at his school – he is 10 and is an amazing little sportsman
    2. My sisters beautiful dog is happy and healthy and healed after a potential health scare
    3. I found 10c on the ground – hey it’s a start and it was a gift from the Universe
    4. I was gifted two free magazines to read
    5. My very special friend gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, both Mom and little one are healthy

    What an amazing day – and the best part is when I woke up on Friday morning – my first thank you to the Universe was ”thank you for all the amazing news coming my way today”!

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