I've spent quite a bit of time recently chatting with my daughters about the importance of seeing the good in situations and not always defaulting to a negative space. I decided that I was going to practice what I preach and make March my month of positivity. Well, it's March 5th and here is what I know...keeping a positive mindset is not easy.
I truly envy those people I know who seem to always have a positive outlook. You know who they are - they are always smiling, always saying uplifting things, and the energy that surrounds them makes you feel lighter.
I really have been trying. I have been waking up in the morning and counting my blessings. I've been trying to focus on all the amazing things and people I have in my life. I have been catching myself before I get into a negative Nelly type mode. I have actively been trying to pull away from negative speak and avoid negative energy. But it is hard. Actually harder than I thought it would be and that surprises me. It takes a lot to re-frame my initial thoughts to make them positive ones. Maybe it's because I am more aware and trying to walk away from negativity, but it feels like there is lots of less than ideal energy floating around. Or maybe because this week has just been a little sucky. Whatever the reason, it's been difficult to wade through it all and keep my promise to make March positive.
Don't get me wrong...I'm not naïve. It can't always be sunshine and roses - but I do think that how we look at the sky can help determine whether the clouds are passing through or if they are here to stay (wow...that was really deep for me LOL).
But I won't go back. I will continue to look for the positive in situations, and I will strive to be one of those people who bring good energy with them wherever I go. I know it will be worth it...it will make me happier, healthier and a better person. And it will show my daughters that it can be done. As for the days when I feel like it just can't be done, I'm going to go find one of my friends who seem to have this positivity thing down to a science and just hang with them for a bit. With any luck, it will rub off...and if nothing else I know it will bring a smile to my face.