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We now return you to our regularly scheduled program:
Before you ask yourself how we got here, let me say two things: Happy New Year, Peeps!
And... What's your plan, Stan?
I was working on a project the other day and one of the questions was this: How Do You Stay Positive?
Now I'm an optimist with a realist's mindset, so for me, the stinkin' glass is half full because if it isn't, I'm going to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to fill that stupid glass. So there's that. :)
But, everyone gets smacked down. Everyone takes direct hits. Every single one of us is surrounded by a divisiveness in our land the likes of which I've never seen before, and every one of us has a personal life that may be filled with problems, worries, angst, aggravation and woe.
How does one rally around that?
Start with the one thing you can control. You.
You are the only controllable variable in your power. You control what you see, think, do, say, and how you react to given situations. So how do you change you?
By forming new habits.
1. Make being kind a habit. Push yourself to do it. Go out of your comfort zone to do it. Make it a priority.
2. Smile. It costs you nothing and your smile might be someone else's ticket to a better day. Smile bright and smile often. Our face is a direct reflection of our inner selves. If you think it's cute to be grumpy and gruff, well, go for it.
It's not, by the way, and pretty soon folks will steer clear of you or shy away. If that's your goal, well... mission accomplished! But if you want to adopt the rules of positive thinking, turn that frown upside down. Everyone loves the Grinch once he turns nice.... and everyone cheers for Scrooge once he has a change of heart. There are reasons for that, darlings. No one wants to hang with a Grumposaurus, the newest species of First World Countries dinosaur. They are draining and taxing and are best to be avoided.
3. Think good thoughts! We are reminded to do this in Philippians 4:8, a beautiful verse that is our power against negative social media or news media, and this reminder is better than having money in the bank:
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."
This is a powerful message, friends. Clear your heads of the chaos and the clutter. Find the quiet center of existence in a crowd-craze run amok and focus on the good. The gentle. The kindliness.
4. Adopt the poem "My Symphony" as your guide:
This is not always easy. That's why it's a directive. This doesn't mean you need to become a shrinking Violet, it simply means don't argue.
Well, first of all, (and this should have a SHOCKER!!!! alert) you're not always right.
I know. I know.
I'm going to give you a minute to digest that.
Every now and again you are wrong or dead wrong or simply a pain in the neck, so give the rhetoric a rest and do this:
REVERT TO RULE 2.
Allow others their say because if your argument is going to produce nothing, then why argue?
Why are there so many books written about successful people and positive thinking?
I absolutely refuse to answer that question because the answer is so amazingly obvious, darlings.
The stronger we make ourselves with all the gifts God gave us, the more positive impact we have on the world around us. The little world within and the bigger world outside our door.
It's up to us. To me. To you. To make a difference. So why not start that difference today?
I promise you, you have absolutely nothing to lose and a world of smiles to gain!
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