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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.

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  • NORASPAT
    Hi DEBORAH I just found your blog. I have had a disruptive year and pretty much all I have time to do is blog.
    Our family were to stay with us for a month so far it has been 9. I do not mind but DH is not as easy as I am.
    He is actually going blind so he has more challenges than I have HUGS. I still wear the pumpkins in the fall and think of you.
    Happy you are doing so well. I remember the bad times. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon
    1696 days ago
  • PINKIE78
    I really like your attitude. Awesome. Thank you for shining even more sunshine into my already sunshiney day!!! The next time I have a "down" day I'm going to remember I have a choice. :)

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    1699 days ago
  • _LINDA
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    People are always saying they admire my never give attitude and looking on the positive side. After almost a year without the use of my right arm, I have learned to be a southpaw. I am not sure I will get full use of my right hand back, but at least I am still able to do my club manager work, even if 1 finger typing is a bit pokey.. I wrote a blog on maintenance tips after celebrating 5 years if you would like to stop by for a read, probably some of the same viewpoints..
    So glad you are working and can enjoy it! Wish they could solve our pain issues though. I can't sleep due to constant wake ups from pain..
    1708 days ago
  • BESSHAILE
    I truly believe that God intends us to choose happiness. I don't think He's "sending things to test us" - because I don't think He's warped that way. But I do think He knows that the happiness we choose is the real happiness - it is the joy.

    And somehow - knowing that He has a plan so big that I often can't even guess where we're going with life - That is one of the great comforts He spreads out before us.

    hugs to you and congratulations on making His choice yours.
    1709 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    emoticon emoticon I sure can relate with you my friend, as one who has come back from a severe work injury loosing all mobility and being bedridden for 1 year, I sure can relate about pushing on and staying focused, being positive and putting one foot in front of the other, emoticon for sharing, you are a blessing and a inspiration, thanks for your friendship and for cheering me on!
    1709 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    It is so true-every day when we wake up we have a choice of how we approach the day. Looking at things in a positive way can make a bad day go a lot better. If we think we are going to fail we most likely will. If we decide we are going to win, then we have a better than average chance that we will do well.
    Never give up, take each day as it comes and give it your best shot.
    Have an awesome week.
    Pat
    1709 days ago
  • FORTYPLUS56
    emoticon emoticon emoticon I can relate somewhat. I am a stroke survivor who is back to working full time. I also love the part about choosing happiness and joy. I heard somewhere that happiness is an inside job. I agree totally.
    1709 days ago
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