Have you ever been really pAtient and pOsitiVe about a situation and it still didn’t pan out the way you had hoped? In those moments it is easy to want to “throw in the towel” and let all upbeat thoughts dissipate. Then you start to wonder, why waste so much eNerGy trying to be optimistic all the time?
Being a positive person isn’t always easy. A negative attitude takes less effort and low expectations keep you from being easily disappointed. Although this is the outlook of many, I’m a bElieveR that being positive is hArder, But bEtteR. Although we have to constantly motivate ourselves to find the good out of a bad situation, I’d rather work hard at feeling good vs. work less and feel bad.
So next time things don’t go your way and you want to kick your positive attitude to the curb, remind yourself that good things happen for those who work HARD and WAiT OuT tHe StOrM. Negative efforts give quick relief but the positive ones give eTerNal haPpineSs.
(This picture was taken from our yard this past spring. We have been blessed to have many breathtaking rainbows from our front porch!)
Have you ever caught yourself responding to a question that sounded like this: “I can’t change. I was born this way. This is just the way I am.”? Often times we find ourselves stuck in a rut or unwilling to try something new because we are convinced we were born with limitations and are unable to change. This is not true. The power to take control of your thoughts and actions is Up TO one person… YOU!
I would consider myself to be a pretty OpTiMisTic person, but I admit I haven’t always been that way. There was a time in my life when I struggled with depression and didn’t think very highly of myself. Over time I came to believe if I wanted life to be better, ultimately the change was up to me. What did I have to lose? Although results weren’t immediate, anything would be better than keeping with my current state of mind.
Even today, I have to remind myself I have the PoweR to ChangE. Life always presents new challenges and it’s UP TO ME to determine how to respond to them. I may start the day stubbing my toe, but I will be the one to determine if it will ruin the rest of my day. Is there something in your life you want to change? Do you feel like you are in a rut? Just remember, the only thing holding you back is yourself!