A few years ago I read something about positive attitudes “not being all they’re cracked up to be”. If you know me, you know I think that’s just crazy. If you don’t know me, you should – I love my Pollyanna attitude and believe 100% that it has been my life saver on many occasions. They don’t call me The Bliss Lady for nothing!
Having a positive attitude does not mean that I am in a constant state of euphoria. There is an evil twin lurking somewhere deep inside wanting to get out to spread a little (or maybe a lot) of negative energy around. Occasionally, she pops her head out to scream in the car, punch a pillow or throw something far across the room. My best tool for getting it all out is a kick boxing session – hitting or kicking a punching bag a few times can make a big difference when those nasty little gremlins in my head start chatting.
What being fearlessly positive means, to me, is that I remain optimistic by choosing to:
- Smile, even when I don’t feel like it
- Maintain a cheerful countenance
- Look at the bright side
- Get creative
- Take responsibility for my own actions
- Choose wisely
- Never stop reaching for the best
- Practice impeccable soul care
When I am down in the dumps and feel like I can’t go on I silently chant Sarah Ban Breathnach’s mantra from Simple Abundance: This too shall pass and this too shall pass! I’ve practiced it many times. I am human, after all, and have had my share of drama and trauma.
Everyday I make a conscious effort to surround myself with like-minded individuals, as well as symbols of the love and joy in my own life. Included in my personal space are constant reminders that have the potential to instantly lift my spirits and ignite my passion.
Walk into my sacred space and you will find photos’ of my family and pets, crystals, candles, books and quotes from my teachers like The Buddha, Depak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oprah and so many more. On the corner of my altar sits a miracle jar and a box that contains personal treasures and dreams. Each item in my line of sight represents something to smile about and be thankful for.
As a member of this incredible community called Earth, I know I have more than enough tools and resources available for looking beyond the negative headlines and daily drama to remain fearlessly positive. Mother Nature, season after season, doesn’t give up, neither will I!