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
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
I Corinthians 13: 4-7 (NIV version of the Bible).
Love and Optimism
In thinking about today’s inspiration verse I pondered the connection between positive thinking and love. I think when your heart is filled with love (for God, others and yourself) it’s a lot easier to be optimistic. Being patient, kind, truthful and hopeful (all components of selfless love) are all positive things. My 30 days of negativity diet writing may be at an end but my pursuit of increasing the optimism, positive thinking and love in my life will definitely continue.
Another part of today’s verse that resonated with me was that love “keeps no record of wrongs.” It also gave me the idea to keep a record of kindness. We were up in Pennsylvania at Longwood Gardens when I had the idea to count the acts of kindness shown to me. It was around 3 p.m. so I figured an hour would be a fine length of time. I did this informally, in my head, so as not to irritate my husband (who loves me deeply but would prefer I keep all this stuff to myself and not have it take away from our time together; thankfully he’s ok with my sharing it with you though).
Talk about positive results – in that hour twelve different people showed me spontaneous acts of kindness. How cool is that? Yes, I included my husband, who kindly located a water fountain for me when I was thirsty. But he was the only one of the twelve that I had previously met before. A few other acts of kindness included holding doors open, warm greetings and stopping while I took a photo. There are plenty of other kind, loving and positive people out there. I also noticed that while I was looking for these potential acts of kindness they seemed to be everywhere. We often see what we expect to see. This just reinforced my belief in the importance of looking on the optimistic side of life.
I had envisioned doing a nice summary article but decided to share today’s lessons instead. Look for a summary article next week (I’m taking the next two days off to enjoy the long holiday weekend with my beloved husband). In the meantime, I thank you for joining me on my journey to reduce negativity and increase optimism. I wish you abundant joy, love and positive thinking.