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#169: Positive Attitude?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

We all know that times are tough. The old saying, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going" is inspirational as far as it goes but having an upbeat, positive attitude every minute of every day is sometimes an insurmountable task.

I consider myself a positive person. Oh, sure, I have down periods, even depressing times, but those times don't last long. I figured out a while back that being in a bad mood does nothing to change situations and does not help uplift me or those with whom I come into contact.

Tonight I felt myself slipping into a feeling of despair, because times are truly tough right now. I called one of the two most positive friends in my life, Chris, who, if he were in the middle of a hurricane would look around and say, "But doesn't the breeze feel good?" We talked a while and as we did I felt my feeling of gloom lift and soon I was back to normal. I appreciate that he took time to lend an ear and offer encouragement.

Do you have people in your life you turn to when things seem overwhelming? Do you bounce back quickly from bad moods and down times? Do you agree that even good moods and positive thinking don't necessarily change things but do make accepting the bad fortunes easier?

I can't imagine living a life of constant despair. Perhaps some people do not believe in a higher power but it seems to me that not being grounded in something much greater than ourselves has to be a most depressing way to live.

So, here's to the return of a positive attitude and a hope that you, too, realize that being happy is much more satisfying than living in the pit of hopelessness.
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  • MARYSUPPORTS
    I do get down sometimes, but certainly can't imagine being down all the time.
    4093 days ago
  • SEKSUNSHINE
    Here's to the good and the bad, you can't have one without the other. Life would not be interesting if we didn't have both. emoticon
    4093 days ago
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    Lou, I am like Missy, I am so blessed to have such a wonderful and well-grounded dh who always can help me get on track by pointing out the very things in the Bible that I need to hear at that moment. The Lord is always right there talking to me through dh to five me just what I need at the time. It is so important to have positive people in our lives and I thank God that you also have some. Great message, Lou.
    4093 days ago
  • LINDA25427
    Lou I agree with you about the postive attitude but there are times when things seem so bleak and dreary that it seems impossible to keep a positve outlook , but everyone should try for their own health and well being ...God is who I turn too and talk out my troubles with when things get stressful for me he is the best listener. Hope you have a great week . God bless. emoticon
    4093 days ago
  • LINDA25427
    Lou I agree with you about the postive attitude but there are times when things seem so bleak and dreary that it seems impossible to keep a positve outlook , but everyone should try for their own health and well being ...God is who I turn too and talk out my troubles with when things get stressful for me he is the best listener. Hope you have a great week . God bless. emoticon
    4093 days ago
  • SPARKLOVE
    Like you Lou, I have my down moments . I cry big tears, I think a good boo hoo makes a person feel better, so I let those tears flow .

    No I don't have really any positive upbeat people in my life at this time, except on Sparks . That is one reason I like to get on here.

    When I get down I have to talk myself up . I have became good at giving myself pep talks. LOL

    I was feeling really down this morning and after I had a good Boo HOO , I told myself "Today is a gift from God, and I should enjoy everything I can in this day because this day will never come again." I started looking around for things to be thankful for and to enjoy and the sun came out! My mood went from blue to bright .
    emoticon Joy
    4093 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/15/2009 10:47:59 PM
  • YATMAMA
    I am blessed with people in my life that are so strong in their faith, the joy of their hearts so solid that it's contagious. It's so good to have those influences in my world. I also have people in my life who seem to never have a positive experience. Everything they do, every road they travel is fraught with negativity, angst, injustice, despair, impossibility. They are as contagious as my friends who walk a life of faith in a loving God, whose joy abounds no matter their circumstances. I'm wise when I gravitate to the ones who live a positive attitude, lest I end up drowning in someone else's quicksand. Great blog, Lou. Insightful.
    4093 days ago
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