I woke up this morning with a justifiable reason not to have a good day. But I’m going to have a good day.
I woke up this morning with a justifiable reason to be frustrated and disheartened. But I’m going to be heartened and hopeful instead.
I don’t know if I always was a “glass half-full” kind of person. I know that I work hard to be one now. I don’t want to ignore or negate the awful things in the world or the challenging aspects of my life, but I do want to choose to see the upside and potential. I’ve learned that a positive outlook literally broadens our peripheral vision and allows us to see more opportunities. Opportunities we might miss if we’re hunkered down in the negative.
I believe (finally) in all my feelings. After years of not having – or at least not admitting or allowing – any sadness or anger, I know how life-affirming it is (for me at least) to admit and allow the full range of my emotions. The “good” and the “bad.”
But, I don’t want to be anchored in the anger or sadness. I no longer want to be mired in or defined by my pain. I want to look for reasons – and create reasons when necessary – to have a good day.
I can notice the sunshine and the leaves blowing in the wind. I can breathe deep and feel my mind and soul ease. I can think of the people I love and the friendship and joy I have in my life.
And I can have a good day.
Have a good day.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, and please share this post with others if it resonates with you!
Thanks, Lisa. You too. Kenneth
Really good reminder to work on my affective style.
Merry Christmas Lisa! 🙂
Merry Christmas Sharon, and Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I need all the reminders I can get. 🙂