It’s September 13th which means it’s Positive Thinking Day! It’s also the last day of the workweek and precursor to the weekend. Notice I didn’t mention which day of the week it is–if I did, it would take this post in a different direction. 😉 I heard there is a Defy a Superstition day, which would be relevant. How about I get away from this tangent? Sounds like a good idea!
So if you’ve been reading what has been some sporadic thoughts to date (I am getting better at blogging more consistently, PROMISE!) you will see that my heart and spirit want to be positive but then….LIFE. Whether it’s work, social (or lack of), hustle and bustle, the news, there are many sources to make us feel anything BUT positive. In one of my previous posts about INTENTION, I wrote about the need to actually set and declare your state of being. Now, I get it, I can declare all day that my day will be positive but then someone merges out of turn on the highway. You can bet my thoughts aren’t exactly on the positive side. But in the grand scheme of things, I DO think that we can be more positive in how respond to life’s madness. Have you heard the quote about how life isn’t so much what happens but how you react? From my perspective, that is because the reaction is what has the lasting impact. That rude person in a store, on the road, wherever is a moment but our response (anger, irritation, disappointment) can stay with us and bring us down. So in challenging times, let’s strive to rise above. Does that mean not react? Of course not. Does it mean RESET your thinking and frame of mind? Absolutely. And with that, happy Positive Thinking Day!
Below are a couple of my favorite positivity quotes:
“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.” -Maya Angelou
“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.”- Dalai Lama
“I have tried to keep on with my striving because this is the only hope I have of ever achieving anything worthwhile and lasting.”- Arthur Ashe
And one of my favorite songs to get me in a positive mood:
Even if you woke up not in the best of moods, take a moment to think what about this moment or this day is lovely. If it is a particularly hard day, can you envision what a positive moment or thought is? Take yourself to that place and hold on to that feeling as often and for as long as you need.
With joy and tenacity,