Sunday, April 29, 2012

See the Glass as Half-Full

   I think Abraham Lincoln said that "Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be."   While nothing is perfect, it always puzzles me when people cannot enjoy their good days.  Here's the way positive and  negative folks differ.
  I wake up and say "thanks for today, I'm going to enjoy my day."   I know someone who says that they are afraid to wake up, because they fear what might go wrong that day.
  The glass half- full crowd takes comfort in the fact that insurance companies get rich because 85% of everything we worry about never happens!  The half-empty crowd waits for the "other shoe" to drop.
   More positive folks say things like "every rose has some thorns", and "this too will pass".  More negative folks don't even notice the rose, and treat every bad day as a the beginning of a long term trend.
    I believe that we all have the tools to solve most of the issues we face.  Having a loaded toolbox won't help unless we pick them up and use them.  My most used tools are positive sayings, and here are some of my favorites.

  •     If you are happy, then tell your face.  (Excellent with teenagers)
  •     Showing up is half the battle.  (Many would rather not try, than try and fail)
  •     Accentuate the positive. (Keep a gratitude list- seeing is believing)
  •     Keep your eyes on the prize.  ( Don't allow setbacks to derail your path)
      Having a visual  helps a lot, and here those that I use the most.  
  • A friend told me to visualize putting a huge X through a negative thought  until I could let go of it.  Make sure you have some positive goals to focus on now.
  • Think about placing your problems in a pan, and put them on the back burner of the stove.  Bring the things you need to deal with to a front burner, and tackle problems when you can better handle them.
  • Write your worries on small slips of paper, then put your notes in a jar or box.  Every six months go through the jar.  You'll be amazed at what consumed you.  (This is how I proved to myself  that nothing lasts forever, and what I agonized over a short time ago, just might seem pretty  silly in a few months).  Use the same concept with your wish list- and see what happens!
  • Turn them over to your Higher Power.  I heard that someone actually prayed and asked that HP keep track of their problems so they could get a good night sleep!   I guess they didn't want to lose track of them overnight.
If you wish you had a yacht, I hope one of these suggestions "floats your boat"!
Need a new car?  Take a few of these positive ideas "out for a spin"!
Getting in shape for the summer, and need a new wardrobe?  Try a couple of these "on for size"!

As always, these are my opinions, so take what you like and leave the rest....and the beat goes on....the beat goes on.  Have a good week everyone....


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