Wednesday, November 24, 2010
A couple months ago, I was feeling pretty down. I was still recovering from broken toes and couldn't exercise. My husband has been laid off 17 months out of the last two years, and times are tight. My job is tenuous (because the company is struggling to survive), and I'm really sick of it anyway (I need a new career - one that I don't hate). I was pretty much letting circumstances drag me down.
But, then I decided to start practicing what I KNOW to be true. Your attitude makes all the difference! We have the choice. We can choose to be unhappy, which I was doing a couple months ago by only choosing to see the negative. OR, we can choose to be happy by thinking happy thoughts. Our mind is a very powerful thing, and our thoughts CAN affect our reality.
These days, the only circumstance that has changed is that I can now exercise (which really does help my attitude). My husband is still laid off. I still don't enjoy my job and it's still tenuous. BUT, I'm WAY happier. That's because I am really striving to see the positive and maintain a positive attitude every day. When I catch myself having negative thoughts, I try to turn them around.
My husband is still laid off, but guess what? He hated his job, too, and he's using this opportunity to pursue a new career path that he LOVES. He's going to school to become a massage therapist, and it's a PERFECT fit for him! Life really does give us what we need. AND, even though he has been laid off for so long, we're still able to pay our bills, we're still doing ok. We're very fortunate, really.
I still am not super fond of my job, BUT I LOVE the people that I work with. I LOVE the company that I work for. AND, I'm so very fortunate that I still have a job. I KNOW that when the time is right, I will be presented with an opportunity that will take me in a new direction - just as that opportunity was presented to my husband.
It's all in the way you choose to see things. As my husband and I were outside trying to get into our car that was frozen shut the other day, he said: "I HATE SNOW!!!". It was pretty cold out there, the car was frozen shut - I could have easily gone there with him, and led myself on a spiral of negativity for the day. Instead, I looked around and saw the beauty, and said: "But, look at how the sun is sparkling on the snow, hunny. It's beautiful!" And just like that, my day was happier (and so was his, I think).
Positivity begets positivity, happiness begets happiness. The happier I THINK, the happier I AM, and the happier those around me are! It's a win, win, win!!!