There’s just so much a person can take, even when they deliberately and intentionally work to stay focused on the positive.
However, that doesn’t mean we just give up, not by a long shot.
Everything is a choice.
True, every choice has a consequence (good or bad), but everything is a choice. Most especially, the fact that we can always choose how we respond to whatever is going on around us.
So each day I wake up and, for a split-second, I’ve forgotten all the craziness in whatever the world is throwing at us.
Then I breathe and remember that I am the only one who’s responsible for what I think, say, and do and I get to choose how I respond to all this.
Despite the fact that there have been a few days when I just didn’t want to be an adult or play the game, I tend to decide that today is going to be a good day. Does it always turn out that way? No, but it usually does, because I’m the one driving the train.
There’s a ton of garbage on television, radio, and social media but there are also some good, positive, uplifting things. The kind of stuff that adds value to your life, gets you laughing, causes you to make better choices, reframes your reality, or helps you show up with grit, gratitude, and grace.
If you’re on Twitter, you might enjoy Rodney Smith Jr. (@iamrodneysmith), Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_), and Animal Life (@animallife).
Rodney Smith travels around the country mowing people’s lawns. He is the founder of Raising Men & Women Lawn Care Service. They provide free lawn care to the elderly, disabled people, single moms, and veterans. He also has an Instagram account where he posts pictures of the lawns he’s mowed next to their owners, as well as the kids who have taken his pledge to voluntarily mow 50 lawns for other people.
Sander (Buitengebieden) has “welcome to the positive side of Twitter” in his bio and that’s exactly what you’ll see. Lots of animals, humor, and the silly side of humans. This account always makes me smile.
Animal Life is exactly what it sounds like. There’s just something about nature and animals that always centers me and gives me hope. And besides, animals are funny as all get out.
Our thoughts are like a garden.
Whatever you plant there will grow – it could be roses or arsenic. Whatever input, thoughts, and ideas you give energy to will expand and proliferate until you think the whole world is exactly like that.
For me, I work hard to prevent negative influences from showing up and stomping around in my mind with their dirty boots.
It takes deliberate effort to be positive but it’s totally worth it.
Look for the good in everything around you.
Seek out your daily divine appointments.
Being positive in a negative world is a choice. You can do this. I believe in you 🙂