Positive Voices

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I can make an impact. I, like everyone else, just want to have my voice heard. But, I want what is heard to be positive. I want what is heard to inspire people. I want to truly make a difference for the better. I do not want to speak out of ignorance or raise my voice to fight. If that be the case, my voice is better left unheard. I posted recently about my frustration with YouTube having a thumbs down, aka dislike button. My point was, if you don’t like it, don’t thumbs up it. Simple. No one cares about your negative opinion. Spread positivity only. 

The problem in today’s society is so many people are fighting to be heard, people feel the need to trash others to bring their own voices to the light. Negativity only breeds more negativity & this is not beneficial. What ever happened to the old phrase, “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all?” Why don’t we preach this anymore? I do believe it is important for everyone to feel heard, for everyone to feel like people notice them & care about them. I do not, however, believe that everything people have to say serves a purpose. As I said for my own words, if they do not offer something positive, they are better left unheard—so it is true with others.

I have a theory on why people are fighting harder & harder to make themselves known these days, & it basically stems from the way they are raised. If we are given the proper love, attention, & care we deserve as babies, children, adolescents & even in adult relationships, we do not so desperately seek these attributes in unnecessary or inappropriate ways. But I won’t go into any more detail on that now as it can be a sensitive subject.

Tanner Petulla, better known by his stage name, Getter, said just today that “The world’s negativity has gotten way too out of control recently… & it’s almost a chore to say something nice.” This is such a tragic, but all too true fact. What would it take to change that? One of my favorite quotes comes from Nelson Mandela, a brilliant man! He said so many wise things, which I highly recommend reading. But one of the things he said was, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, & if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” 

As the old saying goes, darkness is simply the absence of light. There is a lot of darkness in the world we live in. Yet, that darkness can all be driven out with light, which is far more powerful. All it takes is a few beautiful, brave souls to set out on a mission to make the world a brighter place. So today’s question is, which kind of person will you be? Will you shower the world in the darkness of your negativity? Or will you be the sunlight needed to grow a kinder future for our planet? ❤

 

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Honor Yourself

For those who work a typical Monday-Friday job, you are likely finishing up your first day of the business week. I hope it went well! But, if not, don’t stress. There is always tomorrow. You don’t have to wait for next week, next month, or even the new year to get a fresh start. Make that change now! Don’t waste time dwelling on what has already occurred. The past cannot be changed no matter how hard you try. So get up, brush it off, go for a walk, get your blood pumping & clear your mind. Focus on where to go from here. What is your next move? 

I once heard that judgement is an unnecessary evil, & you don’t need to blame yourself. Just focus your energy into something positive, into your goals. Take an inventory of your body,  how things feel, your hurts & pains. But know that what you observe is neither right nor wrong. Be kind to yourself, as you would be to a child. This kindness is important. Respect yourself & your body, & know that thoughts & sensations, even of pain, aren’t permanent. Acknowledge anything felt in your body or mind & choose to honor yourself in its presence. Perhaps you find an area of muscle tension, give it a gentle massage. You may find sadness, accept that it is okay to not be okay. Perfection is merely an relative term to describe a state of being that will forever remain out of reach to each individual due to it’s imaginary construct in the mind of said individual. In other words, the definition of “perfection” varies person to person, & by reaching one person’s idea of perfection does not bring satisfaction knowing that in your own mind there are still things you lack to be considered perfect in your own eyes. Thus, true perfection is eternally unattainable. Keeping this in mind, accept who you are, make peace with your flaws. Perhaps you had a spectacular day! Keep fueling that fire of positivity with gratitude. Be grateful you had a satisfactory day, because not every day is going to feel so. Take a moment to enjoy where you are at, & reflect on what factors contributed to today being so great. Try to hold on to those concepts & continue to implement them whenever possible to increase the chances of repetitive success. 

Wherever you fall on the spectrum today, know that it is not forever. Time is fleeting. I wish everyone had a great day every day, but such is not life. Life, as we all know, is a rollercoaster. You just have to learn to appreciate the dips & sharp turns as much as the rest of the ride, for all together the ride is life. ❤

Happy Monday

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It is often a challenge to encourage others. Even the most positive people have bad days. We are all human, no one is immune to this phenomenon. When you’re feeling down it can be hard to think about putting others first. But remember how important it is. Making someone else smile may just be what you need. When you see others in a good mood it can put you in a good mood. & your good mood may just be what the other person needs to be happy. It’s a never ending circle. What you put out is what you will receive. So put out joy & it shall return to you. Have a great day, make it count! Get out & grind this week! Make things happen! As always, you control your happiness. 💙

Positivity is a Virus

Positivity is a virus
You can easily transmit
It’s highly contagious
Don’t fear spreading it

You infect one life
& so they affect others
Thus a ripple begins
Which this world, it smothers

Waves traveling forward
Across oceans, across land
From one soul to the next
’Til together we all stand

Sick with this virus
Mutated into those
Who love one another
Whose hearts have been transposed

Each frozen thought thawed
Every mind opened wide
So that we can all see
The beauty held inside

There will be no more heartache
No tears shed from wet eyes
No pain, only joy
Sunshine & butterflies

Smiles on every face
Arms open wide
Diversity embraced
Conflicts set aside

Who knows how far
Your ripple will go?
The world is a sphere
So in circles it flows

Disease is the answer
Like zombies we unite
Don’t cower in the darkness
Be positive, spread your light

Positive Perspective

Perspective is everything. A good friend said to me the other day “A grateful heart equals a happy life. Regardless of the situation. If you tell yourself what you’re thankful for you will see things in a different light.” He was absolutely right. I saw the movie Every Day today & while I don’t think it was the best movie ever it did make some valid points. The world appears different through everyone’s eyes & there are a lot of different eyes on this planet. Some brown, some blue, some green, some blind, most in pairs, but some not. The world appears different to every one as do all situations. You may look at your meal & think hmmm that’s not what I really wanted or it isn’t cooked properly, while someone else would just be grateful to have something to eat. Don’t take for granted the things u do have no matter how insignificant they may seem. Gratitude is key to a positive mindset, & positivity is the key to happiness. So find ONE thing to be grateful for & you’ll be on the right track ❤