This morning as I tried desperately to go back to sleep after noisy trucks had woken me, I had the brilliant inspiration for this month’s posts. I had looked up ideas a couple days ago, and nothing really hit me as a great idea for me. But one that interested me the most was this Month A-Z idea – just pick a topic or word that starts with the day’s letter, and run with it. Instead of randomness (Animals and Engineering, etc.), I’ve chosen to share life lessons – I will try to make it lightheartedly serious, not preachy. But I make no promises. Also this is more a do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do sort of series. I am sooooo not perfect – and fall short much more often than I care to admit. Nevertheless, just because I don’t always do, it doesn’t mean I don’t know what ought to be done.
Since I am starting late, I will double up on one day, take Sundays off, and we’ll end up with Z on the 31st (thanks to the already-done math of the A-Z originators). Unless I miss a day or two, in which case…Ugh, math….
A is for Attitude
Maintaining a positive attitude is
sometimes often easier said than done, but it is so nice in the long run to be with positive people than negative ones. Be a positive person. I realize that it’s easier for some than others – some people just seem to be hardwired as optimists, and some as pessimists, although I think we are all capable as both. I know I’m an optimist. Some people don’t get it. But I think they’d still rather be with me than with Debbie Downer. (That’s an example of me being optimistic.)
For clarity’s sake, I certainly don’t mean, “oh, my dog just died, but that’s okay, he was old and I’ll get a new one!” 😀 This is not okay, and one has every right to go through the grieving process.
I mean more of an everyday looking up. Expecting everything to get better (even if it doesn’t, and especially even if it gets worse before it gets better). Greeting people with a smile. Looking for the positive in every situation, or person, or day. We all have rough days, and none of us are perfect – this is not a 100% guarantee that life is going to be all rainbows and unicorns. But if we look for a rainbow here and there, how much better will our attitude be? Especially when we discover what we’re looking for?!
p.s. – this is me, practicing what I preach. Expect the best of others and they will often give you their best. I had outpatient surgery today. I had the best care staff, and a lovely experience, even though this is completely not how I’d planned to finish my week. Rainbows.