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
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Rom 12:18 (NIV version of the Bible).
Peaceful Amongst Pessimistic Peers
I’ve spent the last two days at a conference for fitness professionals. Most of the conference participants with whom I interacted attended for certification purposes (including myself). Certification includes both a strenuous written and practical exam. Even though I tended to do well on tests in the past I usually experienced a fair amount of stress prior to them. I guess I never really noticed that everyone else was experiencing the same or possibly even greater anxiety because. Today I decided to optimistically release my anxiety and focus on helping my peers prepare for the written exam (my way of trying to be positive and “be at peace”). This positive thinking exercise actually eliminated my anxiety about the written test, and, even better, I found that my being relaxed about things allowed my friends to feel comfortable asking me all kinds of questions. By taking the time to share my memorization tips and explain things to them I boosted the positive feelings in our newfound relationships and solidified my knowledge base in a relaxed way. I wish I could say that I was as relaxed about the practical exam, but I felt like my brain and body just weren’t connecting. It won’t do me any good to worry about that though so I am optimistically hoping that the grader was feeling generous and that I passed. I’ll find out for sure in seven to eight weeks. Better to be optimistic for a few months than worried!
Missing Purse Peace
For most of the fitness conference I’ve been attending I took my backpack wherever I went. But today my friends offered to watch the bag so I just took my purse with me (I was finally going to check out all the vendor displays) and gratefully accepted their offer to watch the backpack. On my way back to them I remember a positive thought about how light and free it felt not to have to lug it around. The trouble was that I had left my purse at one of my stops. No wonder I felt so light and free! I was free of my wallet, camera, cell phone and everything in my purse. In the past I probably would have freaked right out and berated myself and worried the whole time I traced my steps. Today I just took a deep breath and backtracked. Thankfully, it was at my last stop, exactly where I left it and apparently untouched (it had only been a couple of minutes between leaving it and realizing I didn’t have it). What a blessing! I was positively thrilled to have it back!
Waiting with Optimism
My wonderful husband has been driving me to and from the conference each day and touring
Baltimore’s various museums and attractions in between. We had a miscommunication about when he was supposed to pick me up today and I had to wait an extra hour in the almost empty conference center. I was disappointed that he wasn’t there when I expected him but all these positive thinking muscles paid off (plus today’s inspiration verse was running through my head with the reminder to be at peace) and instead I found someone else to wait with and made a new friend, turning an inconvenience into an opportunity for optimism. Life is good!
Thank you for joining me on my journey to reduce negativity and increase positive thinking. I wish you abundant peace, joy and optimism.