It's so easy to throw myself a pity party when things aren't going my way and just dwell on the negativity. Seriously easy. Like, 'throw in the towel, my life sucks, what's the point' kind of pity party. 'Down in the dumps, people hate being around me, I'm just a self-loathing fool' kind of pity party.
But what's the point?
What good would it do for me to do that? What good could possibly come of being such a negative and brooding person? None. Friends would no longer want to hang out with me. Family would just be annoyed with me. New people would steer clear of me. And I'd only feel worse. So again I ask, what's the point?
I've learned that it's much better to find the silver lining of those situations. I'm not saying that I'm never sad or upset or angry about anything, because that's not true in the least. Allow yourself to feel however it is you're feeling, but make the decision to dust yourself off and move on in a positive way. Not a 'I'll live and will get over it' kind of way. That's not positive. That's annoying. That's passive aggressive and ain't nobody got time for that.
Having a positive attitude makes me a genuinely more happy person. I find joy in the little things, even if it's just having a phone conversation with a loved one or reading a book I've been wanting to sit down with for a while. Even new post-it notes or a new pen can bring a smile to my face. Seriously, it's the little things. And life is too short to be grumpy and upset about the curve balls being thrown my way. I choose to step up to the plate and if I'm going down, I'm going to go down swinging!
Of course, there are days when that choice is a little bit more difficult to make, but once I choose happiness and to get over myself, I'm thankful. I never regret choosing to be happy, but I almost always regret wasting so much time being negative and grouchy.
And this is what I personally do with life's lemons... ;)
YOU have a choice...which do you choose? How do you stay in high spirits and remain positive in an unfortunate situation?
I challenge YOU! Today, choose happiness over regret and anger and bitterness. And let me know how that goes ;).
And for a little motivation...