In a book I read recently was a great quote by Norman Vincent Peale:
“When God wants to send you a gift, he wraps it up in a problem. The bigger the gift that God wants to send you, the bigger the problem he wraps it up in.”
As a person with ADD/ADHD, of course, my mind went instantly there. ADD is a big problem for me. Is it possible, I’m not looking deep enough? And what is the gift waiting for me to unwrap? Can my frustrations or mistakes or problems I cause or things that cause problem for me be presents in disguise?
I don’t know the answers, but asking the question is the start of change. My goal now is when I am frustrated or upset by my ADD to look for the gift or benefit in it. You see, I tend to be too hard on myself. I never go in loops of “wow, I was awesome,” but “my God, how could I do that?” or “why did that person do that to me?”
Not only will this new question help short circuit that negative cycle, but it will help me become more positive.
And as I already discovered, positivity begets positivity.
It also gives me energy and calms some of my ADD symptoms (cuts down on some of the self-talk, usually negative, that distracts me and boosts confidence-levels that ADD sucks down like the six-Coca-Colas a day I swore off).
So the side benefits of positivity could even be part of the gift (after all, I love bubble wrap, so I like to think of ADD presents coming cushioned with some tactile and auditory fun.)
So, when you are faced with a problem or your ADD/ADHD creates a problem, stop and consider if there isn’t some present lurking inside or at least bubble wrap to amuse yourself with.