Choosing to stay positive
Sunday, November 16, 2014
No matter what we do, no matter who we are, we are faced with daily choices. It could be as simple as choosing between which shoes to wear, or as complicated as what college to attend, or whether or not marrying that special someone is the right path for us.
Other choices encompass how we think, how we approach what comes into our lives, what our attitude is going to be in the face of whatever calm or calamity in our way.
When I was very young, in my teens and sometime beyond, I dealt with minor depression and moodiness, and remember reading one excellent book that happiness is a choice. Then I learned somewhere along the line in my Christian walk the difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is dependent on what happens, joy erupts from a deeper place. I choose to be joyful. For those who read the Book, we are told to rejoice always, pray without ceasing , give thanks in all circumstances ... (I Thessalonians 5:16-18). I thought about this a lot while listening to today's sermon, so excuse my wanting to share, but it has a lot to do with choosing to stay positive.
Staying positive in the face of adversity is a challenge. It is a choice. It is possible. The cup is not half empty, it is half full.
I say this, because I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be working again, let alone working full time, in a fairly decent job that I enjoy that challenges my heart and my brain, and keeps me engaged.
Coming out of disability and embracing whatever abilities I do have has been a challenge. I have not arrived, but I sure am on my way. Staying positive has meant so much.
Those days when just pulling myself out of bed, or putting one foot in front of the other due to pain. Wow. That is all I can say. Staying positive has pushed me past the limitations that could have constrained me. Yes, there are limitations, and my body lets me know when I have crossed the boundary too much, too often, but at least I can get out of bed without the pain I had just rolling over. I can walk without a cane, and in the store walking with a carriage lets me walk a little more. Standing is still a pain in the tutu, but I don't have to just stand there all that often.
I have also improved in my sleep habits in the last year. Now, to add to my healthy habits a little more fitness activities, and minding what I put in my mouth.
Positivity makes it happen.