Thursday, March 05, 2009
Even though I've had my share of physical problems, March has started out great. I've decided that having occasional physical drawbacks isn't the end of the world. If you look for the silver lining in whatever clouds your day, you not only have a perfect growth opportunity, but staying positive actually can make you feel better both physically as well as emotionally. Today as I stood out on our front steps, I looked around and I saw beautiful flowers, a blue sky without any clouds and I felt the warm sun and cool breeze caress my face. A sense of peace washed over me and this simple moment awed me. It was a scene I had witnessed many times before but hadn't stopped to really look at because I was so distracted by life's hustles and bustles. There is beauty all around us; sometimes it hides in a smile, a supportive comment on a blog, in a hug or in a gesture of good will by family, a friend or a stranger. In this day of nasty politics, poor economy, tight money and unemployment it is easy to get caught up in it all, become stressed out and negative. We've all read articles about what stress can do to our physical and emotional states - most of it impacts us negatively. But what would happen if we started to look for the positive that might be hiding within the negative? Could that change us in such a way that we could feel better about our situations and life experiences? I think it could. I took a look at where I was eight months ago and where I am today. I could easily have given in to all of the trials and tribulations that have wreaked havoc in my life during this time period. Sometimes the temptation was very strong. But then I decided that there were lessons to be learned, deaths to be grieved, bones to be healed and life would still go on. I've watched others get dragged down by negative thinking and I realized just how often I was giving them pep talks. I would say that life is too short to waste on negatives. There are no "do overs" in life so why not make the most of it. Since I decided to take my own advice, I've learned a lot. I'm much less stressed and I'm starting to actually like me. I'm accepting myself the way I am - the total me - mind, body and soul. And you know what? I'm not half bad! So, look for that silver lining, see the beauty that surrounds you every day and accentuate the positives. I'm much happier when I do and the people around me may see a little ray of hope peaking through. You never know how many lives you touch by offering a positive comment, a smile and a glimmer of a hopeful future.