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Thankful

Monday, December 24, 2012

Many of us seem to dwell on the negative in life rather then the many positives effecting our lives. Don't believe me, read almost any post on spark and you see we dwell on what we had done or had imagined was done to us, diverting us from successfully achieving our goal. We need to be happy with the little successes we gain by just trying to do our best daily.
I was in retail management for 30+ years before retiring, I heard and was an accomplice to negativity. As the economy turned sour the past couple years, so did our outlook on life's goals. It was easier to give up then fight through all people who were such a drag on what started as a good day. I was privileged to work with many fine hard working individuals who tried to make our days be successful. It's hard to bring up morale and self esteem when people throw out an anchor as you try to row the boat. We all know individuals who have infested our lives whether at home or work with a sour attitude.
When you are trying to make positive choices concerning your daily life, has someone or thing brought you down so much the choice doesn't seem important and we take the easy route. Instead of carrots for break we have a cream filled longjohn. This soothes our bruised ego for a very short time. Then we beat ourselves up for allowing that decision to be made. What happened? Not enough time nor space to thoroughly answer that. Maybe the boss didn't appreciate you, fellow employees didn't appreciate what you had accomplished at work, or perhaps you were just ignored. Somehow our thought process was bruised and we got the I don't give a darn attitude we didn't have when we crawled out of bed. We start the day fresh but many allow outside sources to alter our feelings.
Negative people, whether neighbors, fellow workers, friends and/or relatives need to be controlled by you. Because someone says they hate working here does not mean you should dislike the same thing. This negativity can make your day and attitude dwindle to the I don't give a darn state. Bad choices are more easily made in this state of mind.
Thus to shorten this up we need to be Thankful for: ( a short list you should add to)
1. Your alive
2. Other are worse off then you
3. Time heals much
4. We get to make choices
5. We can choose our friends
6. You can decide to be happy
7. You have a job (hopefully)
8. you have someone who listens
9. you have a person(s) who support(s) you
10. you can change
11. you can love/be loved
12. you have a right to your opinion
13. you are good
14. you are smart
15. you know right from wrong
16. you believe in you
17. your allowed to fail and start again
We are in charge of our destiny. We choose to be on spark to help change to a healthier lifestyle for us. We can choose to use instruments such as fitbit to help us achieve this more satisfactory life stle even if it takes more time then someone else who was more successful in a shorter period of time. We can be thankful it doesn't take anyone more special then ourselves to get to a place of contentment.
Be thankful your you, someone else may have worse baggage to carry.
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  • no profile photo BAMAJAM
    Hi Smokingun----

    I just came across this wonderful blog!!

    ---- AND I want to tell you that it is WONDERFUL --!!!
    2106 days ago
  • JILL313
    Very good and truthful blog. I try to surround myself with positive emoticon emoticon emoticon friends here and in my life. I recently had to drop a friend as everything I said or did she seemed to turn it into something negative which it really wasn't to me. I called her my "toxic" friend and I'm having a hard time getting the message to her as we have mutual friends so I still see her from time to time. But, life is too short to think negative and I've even read positive people live longer. I think as people feel better about themselves it shows in their outlook on life. On Spark as in our life we meet all kinds of people but I feel we can at least choose who we want to spend our free time with and like you I choose to be positive and have positive friends.
    2122 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/25/2012 8:33:05 PM
  • IOWAGRAMMA
    All so very true. It really is up to us and to use our blessings to our advantage. It is easy to slip into the negatives when things get tough, but our success lies in being able to pull ourselves out of that spot and moving forward. That's one of the great things about SP...we are free to live and learn and to make the journey ours and ours alone. Best to you today and always!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2123 days ago
  • PLATINUM755
    You are so right! Thank you for this great reminder! Have a wonderful holiday!
    2123 days ago
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