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!)
This week started off a little rough. On Monday I got an email from a customer saying that I sent her the wrong colored blocks. I was working on two similar sets and happened to swap the colors. This meant that now I had 2 customers that wouldn’t be getting what they ordered. When I realized this my stomach was immediately in knots. I am a bit of a perfectionist and don’t like to make mistakes. Although I triple check all of my orders before they get mailed, regrettably I still have a small percentage that are made incorrectly.
Although I was upset with myself, there was no point in panicking. I contacted both customers and luckily they were very understanding…thank goodness! BUT I continued to experience a lot of anxiety over what happened. Even though I was CONSTANTLY telling myself that this sort of thing is going to happen from time to time, the feeling in my stomach never got better.
We may know something is right in our mind but it takes our body a while to catch up with our thoughts. My mind knew this was not worth worrying about but my stomach felt otherwise. To minimize my anxiety I continually told myself, “Everyone is human. Everyone makes mistakes. No one is perfect. You rarely make errors in your business …” and sure enough the next morning my stomach had finally listened. Sometimes it only takes a few minutes and other times it can take days. Unfortunately you have to wait out the storm until your feelings become balanced with your thoughts.
(*This picture was taken from our backdoor last week)