Thursday, April 19, 2012

Negative No More | Halifax, NS

I grabbed my notebook and sat back in my chair.  With my favourite pen in hand, I made two lists:  Likes and Dislikes.  Simple Enough.

Change can be unsettling, and lately there has been a lot of it.  Changes at work, changes at home, changes all around.  I was feeling unsettled, like I didn't know what was coming next, and I didn't like it.  It took a few weeks, maybe longer, before I realized that I needed to break my mood, to figure things out.  Time to make a list.  What do I like about things right now and what don't I like.

There I sat.  Writing, writing, writing.  Luckily, my "like" list was much longer than my "dislike" list.  My eye ran down the dislike list.  I included everything, even the things you can't change and just have to learn to deal with.  That's okay.

I stopped midway through the list.  Negativity.  It hit me -- I've let all the changes drag me down.  I'm the one being negative, repeating the bad, vocalizing things that are bugging me.  Me.  Usually so optimistic, I've been in a slump, not realizing the effect I have been having on myself and those around me.

Of all the things on the list, this is the one thing I can change.  Negative no more.  It's time to stop and smell the flowers, look on the bright side, see the light at the end of the tunnel, make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

It's time to be the person I want to be.

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