Positively Positive

By Cathy Thurber

This weekend I had the chance to hear someone speak about the importance of being positive.  It was amazing to realize that even when you think you are a positive person there can be areas of your life where you’re just not up to snuff.  Are you positive about certain things, but let other things slip by?  As easy as it can be to be upbeat and happy, it can also be difficult to maintain that attitude during different situations.

Everyone knows the usual path to being positive….smile frequently, laugh as much as you can, and try to turn negative thoughts into positive ones – or at least keep them to yourself.  In order to do all of these things, I’ve been known to post little affirmative quotes around where I know I’ll see them.  Corny, I know.  But sometimes it’s that one little quote that can stick in my mind all day and rumble around.  And I always seem to need that quote at some time during the day.  So, I’m giving you three of my favorite attitude quotes:

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right. I use this one a lot on myself as I have a tendency to think that I can’t do something, just because I have never done it before.  Why stop yourself?  What will happen – you might not be perfect at it?  Who cares?  More likely, you’ll find that you enjoy doing what you’ve been telling yourself you can’t do.  If anything, you at least get a sense of accomplishment out of the fact that you finally did it, whether or not you enjoyed it!

Things turn out the best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out. This is all about how you react to certain situations.  As some of my friends know, I can react negatively quite quickly to a situation.  I’ve been “working” on this quote because it reminds me that I need to slow down and think about things.  If I can look at whatever’s bothering me objectively, and find the positive outcome in the situation, then that’s what will happen.  It doesn’t matter if it’s something that can be completely crappy – it’s how I react to it that determines how things will turn out.

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. Come on…..you know I had to have a little bit of sarcasm in here!  There is always that situation where you’re dealing with a particular person that is a thorn in your side.  My mother always told me to “kill them with kindness.”  Staying positive in a situation that is difficult for you – due to another person’s attitude – is hard.  But sometimes just knowing that your positivity is a little annoying….well, it can just make that moment a little better.  I know I know – it’s probably not exactly positive thinking – but it does work!

Think good thoughts about yourself……smile a lot, laugh often…… be positive about what you can do (or want to do), and try to make your situations turn out for the best.  There’s nothing better than living a long and happy life.  I’m positive about that.

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