How many times have you been inside your house or office when it’s pouring outside and guess what – you have to go outside to get into your car and know you’re going to get drenched? It’s a deflating feeling, isn’t it? You get in the car, clothes are soaked and as you turn right out of your neighborhood, there it is: a rainbow. I’ve watched children and grown-ups all smile right at that moment. They forgot all about the pouring rain they just walked through. They forgot about the dread. They found good in a crummy situation.
I think it’s possible to find good in every situation. Some of those moments may seem impossible, but yet as time wears on you will see the good from that situation and think, “Oh yeah!” Call it being an optimist. Call it be a dreamer. Call it what you want, but I choose to be positive about things.
This is true for our online and offline lives. For example, when I see my friends posting negative stuff day-after-day on Facebook it is a signal to me that they need some uplifting words. I then make it a point to start saying some nice (but true!) things to them each day and *voila* a little time later they are back to feeling better and many times send me a message and say, “I appreciate you sticking by me and helping.” That’s what they REALLY wanted, but they didn’t know how to ask for it. You were the good in their crummy situation.
When you’re not having the best day, MAKE yourself say, “What a beautiful day!” even if it’s pouring out. Act as if it’s the most glorious day you’ve seen in a long time. You’ll be amazed at how it not only makes YOU feel better but those around you too!
Sheryl Brown / @BionicSocialite