I’ve read some inspiring articles lately about how, as the poster above states, what you tell yourself every day will either lift you up or tear you down. I know this to be a deep existential truth. It’s what’s holding me together at this particular and scary moment in my life.
The world is a harsh place filled with disappointments, broken dreams and heart aches, but it’s also full of accomplishments, adventurous successes, and great love stories. I’ve asked myself a million times how one gets from one end of the spectrum to the next, from dreaming to the realization of those dreams, from surviving to enjoying life, and I’m learning the key is attitude and having a positive mindset.
According to both of the articles listed at the end of this post, we should remind ourselves of three unique and positive things about ourselves, and list what three things for which we are grateful. No, the world won’t just magically align itself and every wish comes true at the onset of this positive turn, but it’s a beginning, and one I’d like to do today. According to my faith, I should write my vision down and keep it before me, because if I can see it in my mind, I can achieve it. So, here I go.
Three positive things about myself:
1. I’m honest. Honestly is a rare today. The world is full of lies and liars. My honesty often costs me. I’ve lost nothing to honesty that wasn’t worth losing in the first place. I make mistakes, but I have no regrets because they’ve been honest mistakes. I’ve seen what dishonesty does to families, relationships, and self esteem. Deception destroys a person from within, and liars always get caught. Nothing good comes from a lie.
2. I’m beautiful. I’m not a supermodel, an actress, or have a body that would stop traffic or make men drool, but I love the hard work I’ve put into my body. I’m healthy, I’m active, and being that way makes me happy. Being happy puts a smile on my face, and that smile makes me attractive. But, my heart, though having been broken, abused, and abandoned many times -yet still chooses to love and not become bitter in spite of it all - makes me beautiful.
3. I’m a dream chaser. I don’t let the world dictate to me who I am or what I do, or what I should be. I have dreams and hopes, and no matter what anyone else thinks or says, I do my best, sacrifice what I must, and pay whatever cost, in order to chase my dreams. Believe me, it’s cost me dearly.
And now for the three things for which I’m thankful:
1. I’m thankful for my children. They are the treasure of my heart. I love each of them in their own way, and being their mother has been the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done. I’m not the perfect mother, but I love my children with a perfect love, and they love me.
2. I’m thankful for the opportunity to chase my dreams. I love writing. I can’t imagine my life without it. I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to pursue my dream of publication and have had that dream realized now several times, and know there will be so much more to come. I’m so thankful for the friends I’ve made in this industry. Writers are unique people, a peculiar lot, and only they can truly understand my passions, my sacrifices, my frustrations, my goals, and my dreams in this area.
3. I’m thankful for my friends. I know they love me and without them I would be completely lonely. Someone recently told me that I should become completely independent and get to the point where I don’t need anyone. I’m already there. I depend on no person for anything – financially, emotionally, physically, or spiritually. However, I choose my friends. I choose to love them and to want them in my life. I don’t need them and would be just fine without them, but without them I would be lonely and I would miss them greatly. I love them and want them, and am so thankful they have chosen me to share their life.
So, what three positive things can you think about yourself, and for what three things are you thankful? Come on, I’m sure it won’t take you long to figure those out. Then, once you do, remind yourself daily of those things every day and watch your world begin to transform into a happier, more successful life.
Till next time,
Changing Your Attitude by Tanee at From Fat to Fit Chick - http://fromfattofitchick.blogspot.com/2013/12/changing-your-attitude.html
Three Good Things by Jeff Suwak at The Prague Revue - http://www.praguerevue.com/ViewArticle?articleId=4120