Today was one of “those days” again. It seems like there have been more of “those days” than days that bring a bounce to your walk and smile to your face. There is a lot of sadness, frustration, unhappiness in this world we live in. It seems everywhere you look, you see this discontent and everyone you speak with seems to be experiencing the same “tone” in life. The news brings us nothing but the top 20 worst events of the day. People are struggling to make ends meet and if someone is fortunate enough to be employed they are feeling underappreciated, underpaid,understimulated, uninterested or unsatisfied with their work. It’s very hard to stay positive when negativity permeates the very air you breathe! Sometimes you have to look at the little things and find pleasure. Sometimes you have to appreciate the “little successes” to get past the negativity and appreciate.
So what do you need to do to put that bounce back in your step and smile back on your face? How do you let the negativity go through you and not stick? How do you let it flow like the wind, simply brushing by without really becoming a part of you? You have to learn to sort of slip and slide letting it just pass you by. One way to slip and slide is to practice gratitude. If you go through life focusing on what you are grateful for, concentrating on what really counts, you may be able to slip and slide around those moments filled with negativity. Get into the habit of spending time each day focusing on what you are grateful for. Begin a gratitude list and add to it each and everyday. If you are struggling with negativity, stop, take a deep breath and begin to count your blessings. Take inventory of the gifts you have been given in this life. Once you begin to truly appreciate those gifts, you will find a smile return to your face and maybe even a bounce in your step. Learn to slip and slide. Let the windfall of negativity just breeze by you. Focus on what really counts. Focus on the gifts. Be grateful and appreciate.
Relax and enjoy: