Some 100 posts ago, I wrote about a book I read that slowly helped me to change the way I thought about things. It was just a tiny book, but it had lots of positive sayings inside. I called the post Acceptance, and spoke of ways to improve your life immediately. So, back to today’s post. I haven’t been out of the house in a few days, and I’m actually fine with that, but we go to the grocery store and I see a magazine that looks promising. I never buy magazines and wait until I go to the salon (which is not often) and finally get my hair done before I read anything like a “beauty” magazine. However, today I saw the cover of Women’s Health, and I thought, why not? I need some “Sexy Abs & Butt!” and apparently I need to “Sizzle” in my skinny jeans.
Sooo, I start reading the letter from the editor right at the very front. I absolutely love it when I find even more research that tells me what I have known all along. Apparently, there is a book out called Six Weeks to Skinny Jeans and in it the author, Amy Cotta, tells us that the average person has about 60,000 thoughts a day (double that for people who can’t sleep without going over everything that happened that day…erm, not me of course), 80 percent which are negative. Does this surprise me? No, not really. So three years ago, I took it upon myself to spread positivity to my friends and co-workers each day. I started a lunch bunch where we did not talk about work, but tried to talk about other things, and I miss all the folks who stopped by. I still have a regular friend who attends, but my lunch is not at the same time anymore, and it is hard after two years to get used to that.
Anyway, I devised another plan, and started posting these quotes as my status on the book of face. Many friends told me how wonderful they felt and that it was just what they needed. They didn’t know that their words were just what I needed as well. However, just like anything, you are always going to have one person be just awful. This “friend” of mine posted something terrible after one of my particularly nice quotes and told me how horrible her life was at the moment. Do you want to know what was horrible? She lost her air conditioning and had to buy a new one. Seriously. Thanks for telling me to “shut up, I don’t want to hear this right now” and wallowing in your own ridiculous thoughts. I cut that Eeyore loose. Whew.
My advice to you, is that if you want to change what’s going on in your life, take a good hard look at the company you keep. If you are surrounded by “Eeyores”, they are just going to bring you down. So, thanks Women’s Health magazine for telling me to build spiritual muscle, be actively grateful, and pass the positivity along. I am trying to do just that.
How funny is it that the perfect clip was out there?
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson