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So, I pondered the concept of positivity for a couple of days, allowing thoughts to flow and simmer in my mind. First and foremost, I do strive to see and seek the positive moments in life. Mansi's comments actually gave me a bright moment, an affirmation of sorts, letting me know that yes, I'm doing what I set out to do each day of my life.
I'm sure we've all run across those people who shine a bit more brightly than others...they seem lit from within with a secret that makes us curious. I have found upon getting to know these bright Souls that quite often, they have come from experience of great hardship, sadness and challenges that would cripple many, yet they have found a way to still see beauty in every moment.
Conversely, we have all also met those people who are like the cartoon figure who walks around followed by his own personal storm cloud. They are determined to see the gloom in every moment; they dive into a large pool of 'Poor Me' and spend countless hours floating about, plumbing the depths of negativity and sharing that energy with everyone they encounter. These people are exhausting to be around, as they drain our own energies as we attempt to lighten their hearts without success.
Life is about conscious choices. I've said countless times that we define ourselves by our reactions to any given set of circumstances. For me on a personal and professional level, much like millions of other people since the economy tanked in 2008, life has definitely been challenging. I have reinvented myself and my professional life more times than I can count, and yes, I have been truly scared on a deeply elemental level many times about how I would survive. During those times, I revealed these concerns to very few people and perhaps that reticence was a mistake. Everyone does need that soft place to fall and people in whom to confide, and I admit to not always being as forthcoming as I could be. What I found made the strongest difference for me, apart from having that small inner circle of true, loyal friends, was keeping a positive outlook. No, it hasn't always been easy to stay positive, but finding reasons to laugh and choosing to seek moments of beauty in every single day kept my heart uplifted and reminded me that my own issues were fleeting.
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My actions and words are energy...I am speaking, thinking and behaving in a manner that in some small way, is eternal. My choices are obvious: I can choose to sink into the depths of despair and retreat from life, or I can choose to LIVE and find reasons to be appreciative each day.
My choice is to dwell in positivity. Of course I don't always achieve this goal each day. We all have those moments that we admit it might have been the better part of valor to just stay in bed that particular day. Sometimes it is actually an intrinsic part of balance to have a slower day where things don't always line up perfectly. Light cannot happen without dark, after all. Contrasting moments give us the opportunity and clarity to appreciate things in a much more rich manner. I think that anyone who goes through life without experiencing any challenges, loss or physical pain is very ill equipped for that definitive moment when a negative challege does occur...because it is inevitable that they WILL occur for us all.
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I have quite often been labeled a PollyAnna personality, been told that I wear rose colored glasses and that I am a bit too optimistic in nature. I do not deny any of these comments, as they are true. I am comfortable with myself and with my approach to life. I am by no stretch of the imagination a perfectly evolved Soul; if that were true, I wouldn't be here on this Earth School, learning along with everyone else. I do, however, find a rightness and a sense of calm, peace and balance in choosing to focus on positivity on a daily basis. There is such beauty in the world, everywhere we cast our eyes, if we CHOOSE to see it. Yes, there is also ugliness, imbalance, unfairness and lack in abundance, but the focus here is the other side of this coin. Positive thoughts can move mountains in a figurative sense, making those dark areas fade into insignificance if enough join together in that positive energy.
Mansi invited me to write this guest post on her wonderful blog page because she saw something uplifting in my writing style. My writing style reflects my true nature and gives voice to those things, issues, emotions and thoughts that I find to be most important and dynamic. The fact that another talented writer recognizes and appreciates my message in my writing gave me a particularly sweet moment. It brightened a day that I admit was a trifle lackluster and renewed my own Spirit. As I finish writing this post in preparation of sharing it with Mansi's readers, there are birds singing outside my office window. The air is fresh and crisp with that essentially full bodied autumn flavor, and Nature is just beginning to paint fall color on the leaves of the tree that keeps me company each day as I work. In that one single glance, I have witnessed visual beauty and have been uplifted by it. My rose colored glasses have remained firmly on my nose, I admit this without a single qualm.
I think that choosing to embrace positivity is a noble undertaking. It may sound quite simplistic at first glance, but I assure you, there are days that I find it quite challenging to accomplish! Regardless of the challenge, it is what I choose because I feel it is important to address each day with a conscious regard towards making a strong and positive mark. I have learned over the years, and particularly since I began writing for Healing Morning blog, that this conscious choice does make a difference and that it has impacted those around me in a positive manner. That spurs me on and encourages me to continue. Occasionally, I am blessed in return by such a moment as this invitation from Mansi, letting me know that someone recognizes my Light as I do theirs.
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Brightness of the heart can never be truly extinguished, my friends.
Take a moment to visit Mansi Bhatia's wonderful blog, First Impressions. She is one of my favorite bloggers because of her ability to laser through all the layers of distraction and write clean, concise and inspired words on her chosen topics.