I think one of the greatest accomplishments in life is the ability to maintain a positive mindset when everything around you appears to be falling apart. To become that person who others look at and think “how does she do it?”
Unfortunately (or maybe it’s not such a bad thing?) life throws many obstacles along the way, interfering with our ability to reach that level of greatness. We all have days where we spill coffee on our white shirt, forget to send out a bill before it’s due, trip in the mud and slam our car into another. We all have days that suck.
But, as the cliché goes, we do have the power to control our reactions to these “sucky” situations. We can choose to laugh when we get a run in our stockings, or we can choose to spend the entire day dwelling over something that we can’t fix at the moment.
I choose to laugh. Or I should say I am working on choosing to laugh.
Nothing ever gets solved by negative thoughts, temper tantrums and curse words. And while we’ll inevitably have those moments where a four letter word trumps the desire to laugh, the best we can do is try. Try to laugh.
I’ve been working on replacing laughter for frustration for a couple of years now. It’s not easy, but it’s finally reaching the point where the laughter and positive thoughts come more naturally than they used to.
Spend a week monitoring your thoughts and reactions. When you notice a negative one slip in, see if you can squeeze something positive through there.
What’s the worst that can happen?