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 joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12 (NIV version of the Bible).
Joyful in Hope
If you’ve been following along you know that I had a big event scheduled for today and really didn’t want to miss it because of my cold. Thankfully, the worst of the cold seems to be over and I decided to go ahead and attend. I timed my allergy medicine for maximum effectiveness at conference time and was very optimistic that my sniffling wouldn’t cause the coordinators to send me back home. My big event was a day of Tai Chi with fitness guru Scott Cole and it was as wonderful as I’d hoped, even with all my positive thinking skills. Look for an upcoming article about the conference if you’d like to learn more.
Hungry in Baltimore
Of course, there’s seldom a day that goes perfectly. The heavy traffic didn’t pose a threat to my negativity diet but not being able to find lunch might have. I brought snacks but the Tai Chi was strenuous enough that I was really hungry at lunchtime. I’d spent some extra time talking to my Tai Chi peers and didn’t have a whole lot of time left. I was told there was a lunch stand in the convention center but it was closed when I arrived. Some very nice convention center workers gave me directions to a “fabulous little deli around the corner” but my directionally challenged self (of course, I mean this in a factual, not negative way) wandered around for 15 minutes without finding it or anything but businesses.
By the time I got back to the convention center I only had 20 minutes left until class (and I didn’t want to miss one minute) but was encouraged when I heard someone mention there was a Starbucks in the next building. So I boogied over there and stood in line for 15 of those minutes only to find that they were totally sold out of lunch food and I’m allergic to their remaining breakfast food. I consoled myself with the fact that I’d made some new friends from Chicago while waiting in line and dashed back to class. My growling stomach reminded me that there are plenty of truly hungry people in Baltimore (where the conference was held) and missing one meal doesn’t make me one of them. This served as a positive reminder of how fortunate I truly am (anyone who usually has plenty of nutritious food to eat, a loving family and shelter is definitely blessed) and also to make a donation to the Baltimore homeless shelter affiliated with my church. I think I’ll also add the lunch money I saved today. That’s how I turned a potentially negative situation into a positive one.
Thank you for joining me on my journey to reduce negativity and increase optimism. I wish you abundant blessings, joy and positive thinking.