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.
Positive Inspiration for Today
“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 3:3
(NIV version of the Bible).
Indignity or Blessing?
If you’ve been following along on my negativity diet you know that my little cat has been scratching her little ears up (to the point of bleeding and hair loss). Today was the day of her veterinarian appointment for her ears and I scheduled her annual physical and shot updates at the same time. My cat was a feral kitten when I adopted her and she really doesn’t care for being caged, driving, or any part of the veterinarian experience. I was all happy with myself for remaining positive and calm through the whole experience, especially considering how much it stressed out my beloved cat. But when we got home and I let her out of the cage to pet and console her I found myself apologizing to her for her “yearly indignity”. Before I even finished the words I realized that’s how I thought about some of the medical care I have to “endure” myself. But really, we are fortunate to have quality medical care. So many people don’t. I’m going to change that mental label to something more positive and optimistic, like “yearly blessing”. It’s funny how ideas can be so ingrained that we don’t even think about them anymore. One great thing about this experiment is that it’s really helping me examine many of my long held beliefs and behavior patterns and evaluate whether they are serving me (and the world at large) or not. I feel like every day is a new opportunity for positive growth and it’s nice to have that optimism back.
Celebrating the Moment
I haven’t been playing as much Bejeweled Blitz lately with the migraines and tooth pain and all but today was the start of a new leader board and I thought I’d give it a go. To my very pleasant surprise I had a 500K game and Bejeweled Blitz named me “Blitz King” which either is either a new thing or I just hadn’t noticed before. Now, because of my Facebook gaming habits I have 4,700 Facebook friends, so even with a great score like that, realistically, I may only be Blitz King for a few minutes. So when the game prompted me to post my achievement on my wall I was going to click no, figuring it was so short lived, why should I bother? But then I realized that was pretty negative. We should celebrate all of our victories. Maybe not by announcing them publically but at least in our own minds. I also realized that it would be a good opportunity to repost my Bejeweled Blitz Strategy article and that extra marketing wouldn’t have happened had I just dismissed my happy moment. So I’m going to keep my eyes open for positive things to celebrate and I hope you will too.
Thank you for joining me on my journey to reduce negativity and increase optimism. I wish you abundant joy, health and positive thinking.