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Monday, February 16, 2009

Sunny Side Up

Today I had lunch with a new friend I recently met. It was so much fun and she reminded me of the importance of being positive. I always strive to be a positive person anyway, but she was a tangible reminder of just how much better life is when you look on the sunny side of the street. She has recently been treated to some very unsavory behavior, but she's let it go and is upbeat and positive about it.

This made me think about how much better life is when you stay with the positive. We all worry so much in life about everything - health, finances, family...the list goes on and on. What if, whenever a worrisome thought came into our mind, we said "It's ok, it will work out." Instead of ruminating on the negative and worrying, what if we acknowledged that it would be just fine and continued about our day? Why are we so much more willing to focus on the negative than on the positive?

I challenge everyone to start each day being grateful for having another chance to make things good and positive in the world. Then, as you go about your day, chase away the worrisome thoughts with the single sentence acknowledging that it's ok, it will work out. Do one thing that makes life better for someone, whether that is someone you know or a complete stranger. In some cases, that one thing you do can be as simple as smiling at someone as you walk into a store or into work for the day. You never know the impact the small things can have on someone - and on you.

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