Are You a Positive Person?
Are you the kind of person that looks at the glass half full?
Or are you the kind of person that sees the glass half empty?
I have been a positive person, most of my life. I started reading, “The Power of Positive Thinking”, by Norman Vincent Peale, in my teens. I never set out to be more positive, I really happened on to it as a teen. I am sure most of us knew someone either when we were younger or even now, that always seem to have a hard time accepting life on life’s terms. They just always seemed to be crying or mad or just weren’t that pleasant to be around. I saw this behavior and thought, “I don’t want to be THAT person” and I wasn’t. I was lucky.
Once, I heard Marianne Williamson say, “we all had our good and bad life experiences and we are all a bit dysfunctional but there comes a time when you have to take action and make the best of your life right now”.
It’s true, isn’t it? We have all experienced dysfunction, it is just to what degree did we experience it and how have we let it color our life today.
To me, those that see the glass half empty seem to have lost faith and hope. They really do go through life waiting for the next shoe to fall. They do not take time to celebrate the good that is happening because they are always looking for the next upset. In talking to some of those that are living in this paradigm, I have noticed that no matter what you say to some of them—there is no turning them around. They are happy, complaining, causing drama, and looking for someone to take advantage of them or cheat them, in some way. They seem to be happy, being, unhappy. Most are stressed out about life in general. Some even have health issues due to their negative thinking and general mistrust of others. No matter their place in society, some are well-to-do, some are living in poverty, some are middle class America, and others are just down on their luck. Some are simply in the habit of causing drama and living in chaos. These, are not even aware that every thought, every word they speak, is a negative one. And that saying, “Misery loves company”, these people are constantly telling everyone their woes and no matter how many times you change the subject to make it a lighter conversation, they find a way to bring it back around to their negative situation. They are surrounded by other people that are negative, perpetuating the negativity, all around. LIKE ATTRACTS LIKE.
As we speak about negative or bad times, we must remember that the Law of Attraction is always at work, bringing us more of what and where we place our attention and focus. Thereby bringing in more of the same because “LIKE ATTRACTS LIKE”.
In my observations, I have noticed that those who live their lives looking at the glass half full are simply choosing to be happy. It’s not to say that they do not have upsets, or hard times in their life, they just choose to have faith in knowing that whatever the circumstance, they know the setbacks are only temporary. Even though they experience hard times, they do not dwell on them, nor do they spend time and energy thinking about it or talking about it with everyone they come in contact. They simply accept it for what it is; a temporary situation/setback and they speak, think and act in positive ways in order to not to let it upset every part of their lives. They seem to have faith that their needs will be met and that they will be through the rough spot and come out on the other side stronger.
If you are someone who seems to have negativity at every turn, it may be time to make a life assessment and ask yourself, “Is it ME?” Everyone needs an attitude adjustment every now and then and if your life seems to fit the description of the “glass half empty” group, IT IS TIME FOR AN ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT. It is time to put down the magnifying glass and pick up the mirror.
Here are some simple steps to begin to make a turn-around in your negative life:
In the morning, upon rising, and as your feet hit the floor say, “I am grateful for this day” and say it over and over throughout the day.
Every set back is only temporary; so don’t get so worked up! It will be different before you know it!
Throughout your day, remind yourself that everything is going to be okay.
Surround yourself with positive people.
Don’t tell everyone you meet your woes—you are only perpetuating the cycle. Everyone has problems, don’t burden them with yours.
Don’t blame others for your situation. Take responsibility, own your choices, and begin working on a plan to make things better in your life.
We all have things we are grateful for so keep an gratitude journal or jar and everyday write all of the things that you are thankful for.
When you catch yourself thinking or verbalizing your negativity, STOP YOURSELF, and say, “I am strong and courageous and I can do this in a positive way!
Before you go to sleep at night, be grateful for your day, even if it didn’t go the way you planned.
Remember, everything is happening in the right and perfect time.
Smile and laugh, see the humor in life.
You are stronger than you think you are!
It only takes a slight adjustment in your thinking to turn things around. Know that with each time you stop yourself from spewing negativity that you have another opportunity to look at the glass half full. If you have been experiencing stress related illnesses. Remember by thinking and being more positive, you will see and feel a shift of your health and your attitude in general. You will attract more positive people in your life and all in all you will feel happier. The Law of Attraction is always at work; what are you choosing to attract?
Saundra Berry, C.Ht.
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