Jan
05
2009

How to Stay Positive in an Unpositive World

That’s right… no creative or catchy headline title this week… just a good, old fashioned ‘How to’ post that I believe will add some positive sunshine and warmth… to someone who may be having a slightly cloudy and overcast week.

Early on December 27th… my mother passed away. She had been extremely sick for the past 2 years… had become incapacitated in the past few months… pulled out her feeding tube a week prior… and her two sons had to make the HARD decision to agree with the doctor’s recommendation that the feeding tube not be reinserted because of her physical condition.

All this happened around Christmas, which is supposed to be a warm, fuzzy, joyful time of the year. That in more words or less… made the situation we faced. suck extremely that much more.

Now watch this…

Anytime one of our loved ones die… anytime we are in a long-term relationship with someone (whether it is dating or marriage) and it breaks up… anytime we are in a financial crisis and it seems like Repossession, and is big brothers Eviction and Foreclosure are knocking at our doors… anytime when it seems like everybody at the job or in your household are talking about you so bad that you want to get some boxing gloves, take them to the ring, and go Mike Tyson on them…

…I can bet money that you are probably not having a warm, bright, sun-shiny day. In fact, your day feels like it’s cloudy… overcast… drizzly… cold and icy… gray skies… and all that other good stuff.

So do you have a right to be mad at the world if you’re having an UNPOSITIVE day, or do you have a right to throw an adult temper tantrum, or do you have a right to show everybody what kind of day (or week) you’re having?

No. No, you don’t.

I was reading a post by my good friend Jasper, where someone quoted God’s promise to us on his note: “As a man [or woman] thinks, so is he [or she]” (Proverbs 23:7). The guy continued to say, “We have to fake it, until we make it”.

That’s true, especially when we’re trying to be POSITIVE in a generally unpositive world!

FACT: Being unpositive and mad at the world does NOTHING good for us anyways, so why have that type of mindset.. even if you “deserve” to feel that way. Being mad like that all the time brings stress, anxiety, can cause sickness and disease in your body, and causes people to avoid you like an Al Sharpton for President rally!

If you’re having trouble staying positive this week… remember to (1) Look at the glass as half-FULL, and not half-empty.

Identify (2) What is the good thing that can come out of a bad situation. In my mother’s case, she is no longer in pain… and she is in heaven now, and at that I can REJOICE!

(3) Learn to smile and be friendly towards others around you… even if you have to fake it ’till you make it, and FORCE yourself to smile when you don’t want to. Go ahead and try it out… it works. Give 10 people today a great, big-old Kool-Aid man smile… and see if it doesn’t make you happier… and do something positive for your day!

Remember, being unpositive and mad towards everyone else WILL not make you happy, but will bring yourself (and others) down. Being positive (even if you have to force yourself), is just what the doctor ordered when your day is not going all good and gravy.

If this post helped you.. or you think it can help someone else, feel FREE to forward it or post it to your friends and loved ones.

Until next time, I love everybody… have a positive day… congratulations to my cousin Marian on her wedding last week… and walk in God’s abundance, today!





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