Hello! What’s good today, friends???
So once again I’ve been asked how I stay so positive with everything that life hands me. I’ll be 100% honest, I don’t always. I break down too. I get angry, frustrated, and I cry (and drive too fast…but ya know. We all have our things). But the difference is, I allow it to happen and then put it away. I don’t dwell there. But I figured people are asking so I’ll delve a little deeper this time. I know for some people this will fall on deaf ears as they are not ready to hear it and others are comfortable in their unhappiness as it gives them some sense of control. But both misery and joy are choices. And the choice is yours.
A lot of people talk about it but I don’t think they truly grasp how short our time here really is. We need to take advantage of our time and make the most of it. It’s a lesson hard learned by some. Even me.
Although I tend to have a joyful spirit, everything I’m going to say is something I’ve had to place into practice in my life. None of it came easily or naturally. Like I said…hard learned lessons.
Something that I practice that helps me is I surround myself with positivity. I feed myself well. I eat real food (and yes I DO treat myself too!) and take care of the physical body that my Creator gave me. I’m not a runner but I enjoy running. When people find out that I run they ask the typical question, “How far do you run?”. They get perplexed when I tell them I do it for pleasure and that I don’t measure my distance or time. I go to a place that I enjoy being and I just run. It’s that simple. And when I’m out of breath I walk, and then run some more. And when I’m done running I go home. It’s that simple. Some days I go a mile, other days it might be three. But the point is I do it because I want to and it makes me feel good. Not everything that’s good for you needs to be full of drudgery and hard work. Find a physical activity you enjoy, or at least can handle, and make it your own. Have fun with it!! Healthy eating doesn’t have to be tasteless and boring. I LOVE food. I eat…all.the.time. Try something new, branch out. You might be surprised that prepared differently, brussels sprouts are tasty!
Something else that I have taught myself to do is I look for the best in people and find the silver lining in situations. I control the tv shows I watch, the movies I see, the music I listen to. I allow it to uplift me. And I dance. I dance a lot! I dance when I’m cleaning, I dance when I get ready for work. I dance with Nordy. I know a lot of you think that sounds silly but I encourage you…even dare you to try it. You don’t have to be a good dancer. Just dance. Allow yourself to be a little lighthearted, even silly now and again. Allow yourself to laugh and realize it’s ok to be happy! You’ll be amazed at what it can do for you.
But most importantly…and I can’t stress this enough…I know to whom I belong. I am the daughter of The King. I know that God is there through it all. Through the work frustrations, through the family and personal crisis, through the heartbreak and heartache of life. He is there now and He will be with me in the future. So I don’t fear. I don’t worry about what might happen because no matter what, He’s there. Life won’t be and certainly hasn’t always been pleasant or easy for me but, at the end of that day I am loved and complete and no weapon formed against me shall prosper.
I know what I want in my life and I am going to be patient and continue working towards that. And through it all I am going to shine like a diamond even in the dark and I will smile every chance I get because I know my worth.
1Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before Him with joyful songs.
3Know that the Lord is God.
It is He who made us, and we are Hisa ;
we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.
4Enter His gates with thanksgiving
and His courts with praise;
give thanks to Him and praise His name.
5For the Lord is good and His love endures forever;
His faithfulness continues through all generations.