Don't miss the sunshine because you're thinking of the rain. stay positive, focused and present!
As I reflected on the last thirty days of critical health issues I was glad that as difficult as it was I had a positive outlook. As I was thinking about it I was reminded of what someone said to me last spring when I commented on how beautiful the flowers and landscape was at the time. My friend’s response was I felt that way because I did not see the weeds. In truth I don’t go out of my way looking for weeds or things to criticize. I find that if you expect and look for the good in life you will find it more often than not. I feel sorry for those who are always on the lookout for something wrong, something they can criticize, for more often than not they too will find it.
My friend and I live in the same world, walk the same paths and experience the same reality and yet our perceived worlds are very different. How sad it is for those who seem to thrive on the negative. They are constantly living under a cloud, seldom seeing the rainbow I see almost every day. We each were given two workable eyes it is just too bad we were all not given the ability to see and appreciate the beauty around us.
Here are some tips on staying positive from the Pick the Brain website.
Keep a Journal of Gratitude
Just take a little notebook and start writing down the things you’re grateful for. Start with the obvious and work from there.
Be grateful for having food, water and a roof above your head. If you woke up at 5 A.M. and can’t go back to sleep, be grateful for getting to see the sunrise. If you’re facing a challenge, be grateful for the opportunity to learn from it.
Things Get Better
When you’re struggling, grieving or suffering from heartache, the pain can feel unbearable. Even in everyday life, the weight of a million little things can be heavy. But always remember the proverb: “This too shall pass.” Your negative feelings won’t last forever; there’s a light at the end of every tunnel. It might not happen today or tomorrow, but you’ll feel better eventually.
Mental List of Awesomeness
Having high self-esteem keeps anxiety at bay, improves personal relationships and encourages optimism. If you don’t appreciate yourself enough – or are feeling down – try making a mental list of awesome stuff you’ve done recently.
“Went for a jog instead of watching TV”; “cooked for my girlfriend”; “made an awesome presentation at work.” Make a written list if you want, and don’t be modest! You’ll find that, as you go over your awesome actions and choices, you start to feel great about yourself. It’s hard not to when you remind yourself how amazing you are!
What’s The Worst That Could Happen?
Paolo Coelho was right when he wrote: the fear of suffering is worse than suffering itself. It’s easy to become worried over the little things: the human mind can blow things way, way out of proportion. To stop that from happening, always ask yourself: what’s the worst that could happen? Chances are, “the worst” isn’t that bad. You’ll be fine if you don’t ace tomorrow’s presentation. You can retake tomorrow’s exam in September. That cute girl (or boy) won’t eat you if you screw up this date.
Reach Out and Help Someone
We live in a culture that encourages egotism. Even our buzzwords – self-help, self-promotion, self-esteem – reflect our obsession with ourselves. But if you want to feel great about yourself, try giving to someone else.
It takes very little to help someone out. When you make a big difference with just a few minutes – or dollars – you’ll always remember how important and amazing you are. And with an attitude like that, it’s hard to be anything but positive.
People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?
Johnny's dad was away on a business trip. So he wanted to sleep with his mother. The first night she refused. The second night she did it again. On the third night she decided to let him lie with her and handle it from there. So Johnny put on his pajamas and jumped into bed on his father's side.
With both his hands behind his head, he said to his mother: "With Christmas approaching, don't you think it would be a good idea if we buy Johnny a bicycle?"
Indecision is the key to flexibility.
The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to, after the worship service, ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building.
Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was sick and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute. The substitute wanted to know what to play.
"Here's a copy of the service," he said impatiently. "But you'll have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances."
During the service, the minister paused and said, "Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected, and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up."
At that moment, the substitute organist played "The Star-Spangled Banner."
And that is how the substitute became the regular organist!
How do they get deer to cross at that yellow road sign?
Two cowboys come upon an Indian lying on his stomach with his ear to the ground. One of the cowboys stops and says to the other, "You see that Indian?"
"Yeah," says the other cowboy.
"Look," says the first one, "he's listening to the ground. He can hear things for miles in any direction."
Just then the Indian looks up. "Covered wagon," he says, "about two miles away. Have two horses, one brown, one white. Man, woman, child, household effects in wagon."
"Incredible!" says the cowboy to his friend. "This Indian knows how far away they are, how many horses, what color they are, who is in the wagon, and what is in the wagon. Amazing!"
The Indian looks up and says, "Ran over me about a half hour ago."
Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
Jules de Gaultier
A man and his wife, now in their 60's, were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. On their special day a good fairy came to them and said that because they had been so good that each one of them could have one wish. The wife wished for a trip around the world with her husband. Whoosh! Immediately she had airline/cruise tickets in her hands.
The man wished for a female companion 30 years younger...Whoosh....immediately he turned 90!!!
There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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