We are all being challenged at the moment to stay positive no matter how things appear around us. This attitude, this looking at the glass half full, is what will carry us through these times of change.
So, picture a glass half full, with a rainbow ending right in it!
Too Pollyanna for you? Well just try it. Get a photo of a rainbow and put it behind a glass of water, half full! What does that do for you…well at least it should be worth a chuckle! It would be even funnier if someone came in and caught you doing it…caught you looking for the rainbow in the half full glass!
I ask you to wonder, are we all a bit afraid to show optimism now? When so many have lost so much, all over the world? Perhaps just a little. Sometimes expressing optimism activates a tirade from someone you know, someone who you care about. Fear of that can perhaps cause us to be reluctant to express it.
If that is how you sometimes feel, then become a closet optimist on those days!
People will sense the positive energy coming from you. Even if you don’t share WORDS of optimism, if you spend a little time each morning thinking about:
- Something you are grateful for in your life
- Something you dream might happen to you (like winning the lottery!)
- Appreciating what you have, not what you don’t have
- Appreciating the friends that you do have (even if they are glass half empty people)
- Appreciating the weather if it is good, or the farmers market if you can go, or the phone call you got from someone you wanted to talk to …
You get the idea. Then don’t share it with anyone but see if you light up the faces of the people you encounter during the day…even just a tiny little bit … just by emanating a slightly more positive energy. If they don’t smile when they see you, it may be something going on with them…you don’t always get a “sign” that you are shining positive energy. In fact, sometimes it can really irritate people to see you happy when they are not.
But do it anyway.
You may help that person without their realizing it. You may help them question why they are irritated with your happiness. You may shift their energy up just a tiny bit. You can’t be “positive” because you want proof that you are a good person. You just have to do it because it feels good to you and hopefully feels good to those you encounter during the day.
Keep it in the closet if you like, but open up the door just enough to let that rainbow in! Oh, and then drink the water!