One of the best traits I got from my mother was positive thinking. She just always believed things would turn out great; her day, a trip, a party. The only time I ever saw my mom reveal any negative thoughts in her 78 years (although in all fairness, I have only known her for 48 of those years) was during her recovery period from open heart surgery last year. That period of cynical thinking, fortunately, was short-lived.
It was not ever a conscious choice, but I too, have always viewed the world in a positive way. Friends often comment on my positive outlook. It is almost weird, I just know it won’t rain on our holidays, and it doesn’t. I know things will work out, and they do. Even when we did not make a ton of money, I just knew money would not be a problem, and it wasn’t.
Well last week, something hit me. I started letting negative thoughts creep in. I was worrying about things. I began to have little doubts about all aspects of my life. I wonder if it was somewhat of a midlife crisis. Whatever it was, the power of thought started working its magic.
I was losing clients, I had a big dispute with a family member, (the kind of fight that can turn into a feud beyond repair), I was not hearing back about offers to volunteer, and gained 4 pounds. For the first time in my life, my self-esteem was fragile and I was not optimistic about life at all.
Then, bam, I had a light bulb moment; our thoughts determine out circumstances and not the other way around. It is only after we think positively, that good things will follow. Not five minutes after my revelation, I got an email about the volunteering gig, and made my move to repair the family feud. Just like that, I concretely knew things would be okay, and they were. This in going to be a good week !!
I thank my mom, who gave me this trait, for, without her, returning to my positive outlook on life would not have happened so quickly and automatically. I acknowledge it is not so easy for many people. But for me, this ends my two weeks of negative thoughts causing negative events. I
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right” Henry Ford