“My life sucks!”
Why yes it will if you keep thinking that it does! I don’t know about you, but I have been hearing way too much negativity from friends and family. It drives me nuts! It is definitely hard to stay positive when you are surrounded by clouds of negativity. I am not going to tell you that the secret to success is to be positive and all of a sudden rainbows will appear and continue to lead you to pots of gold…but it is definitely a start in the right direction. How is one suppose to be ambitious and driven if they are ALWAYS negative?
The first step is to try and look at the bright side of things and count all of the good things you have in your life. Heck, sometimes for me it’s knowing that I have a full container of ice cream in the freezer! It doesn’t matter how ‘insignificant” you feel the positive elements are; focus on them. There are inspirations all around you if you just take a break and look around. I was on Facebook one day and like usual saw a variety of status updates. One post was from an adult who was complaining about how bad their life was because they had to get up early for work and couldn’t go out the night before with friends. This post was from a person who continues to post this negativity. The status update right below this one however, touched my heart in more ways then I can express. It was from a friend who has a son battling cancer after coming out of remission. I can not quote how old he is, but I believe he is in upper elementary so no older than the sixth grade. To say that it has been a struggle for them would be an understatement. The post was expressing how happy she was that her son got to have some of this IV’s changed that were bothering him and they were very excited to be going for ice cream when they left the hospital. People like that definitely inspire me to think positively, not only to point me in the direction of success, but for the sake of my health as well.
I am not saying that people are not aloud to have a bad day or that life needs to be looked at with rose tinted glasses all the time….that is not real. If that is the case why do some people look at the glass as half empty all of the time? Admit it, we all know one or more Eeyores…yes I am pulling out a Winnie the Pooh reference…don’t judge me. These are the people in your life that are always ‘down’ and rely on you to tell them every time that you see them that “life isn’t really that bad”. You don’t need that. I am all about being there for people during the good times or bad, but there is a limit. You have to recognize the point where you just can’t help certain people until they are willing to help themselves and take a different approach to life. If you hold on and continue to help, it will add burden to your shoulders and the negativity will start to effect you. As hard as it may be, you need to avoid these people and get them out of your life because they are weighing you down.
Think about it…maybe Winnie would not have kept getting his head stuck in a pot of honey if Eeyore wasn’t such a jerk! Yes, I just called a loveable stuffed donkey (if that is what he is) a jerk. Who knows, maybe Eeyore wouldn’t have kept losing his stupid tail if he picked up on Piglet’s random bursts of positivity…..