Welcome back! I appreciate your support in my battle against negativity and efforts to be more positive. Special thanks to those who have left me encouraging comments or promoted my work by sharing the link to this or one of the previous days’ articles. I hope you’re enjoying my journey to a more positive and optimistic life. If you missed Day 1, you can read all about it here and links to all the days in between can be found on my Associated Content profile.
Inspiration for Today
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10
(NIV version of the Bible). In case you were wondering how I use the verses, I read them throughout the day, attempt to apply them to my life and pray them. An example of praying today’s verse would be, “Dear Lord, please help me to be devoted to fellow Christians and show them brotherly love. Help me to honor them above myself. Please help me especially to do this in regards to my husband. Amen.”
Positive Role Model
Thankful that the asthma is lightening up a little I decided to go for a nice walk in the rain this morning. Now, it has been raining very hard but the temperature was nice and there didn’t seem to be any thunder or lightning so I took my non news watching self and a sturdy umbrella outside. After a few minutes I realized that what’s going on out there is far more than the average rain storm but kids were waiting for their school bus rides so I figured if it was ok for little kids to stand out in I could certainly continue my walk. It wasn’t until I got home and looked up the weather that I realized I’d been out in the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole.
What does all this have to do with a positive role model you ask? On my walk I passed the most optimistic school crossing guard I’ve ever seen. The amazing thing about this lady is that she’s always happy and gives a big smile to every child and driver with whom she comes in contact. Her whole body language is positive. She just exudes kindness. She makes you feel happy just by looking at you. And she’s this way all the time. That’s right. Year after year, day after day, storm after storm you can count on her optimistic attitude. The kids adore her. Drivers seem less irritated when they have to stop when it’s for her. She makes the world a better place.
Our county rotates crossing guards on what seems like a daily basis so when I get to see her is unpredictable. We always say hello to each other when I walk by (and I wave when driving by) but we’ve not had the opportunity to converse beyond that. I don’t even know her name (but if I ever find out I’ll nominate her for an award), but she’s a positive role model for me and I suspect many others.
Today as I approached the stop at the nearest elementary school I could tell it was her even from afar, just because of the smooth way everything was going at the intersection and her optimistic posture (remarkable in itself because she was covered in this giant rain suit from head to ankle). Amazing! Even in the middle of this wild weather she’s still showering everyone with smiles and spreading joy.
I think I’ll also design some kind of informal award or commendation for her and take it with me on walks until I run into her again. She definitely deserves it. I hope one day to be a beacon of positivity like her. In the meantime I can make more of an effort to smile at everyone and keep plugging away at my efforts to be a more positive person.
Thank you for joining me on my journey to reduce negativity and increase optimism. I wish you abundant peace, joy and positive thinking.