It's not what we say, it's what we do. When we go about our daily business in a positive way, we are impacting others. Many of us don't realize it that our actions are having a positive effect on other people, but it's true. And, we never know how far our actions will reach. It's just the natural way we go about our daily lives. Making sure we are appreciating all that we have and all that life has to offer are ways to be positive. Today, I'm so thankful to have a roof over my head. Even though I love winter (believe it or not, I find the cold air refreshing), I'm so appreciative that I have the warmth of my home and a cup of hot tea in my hand. I'm thankful for the electricity that keeps the heat going and for the job I have to pay the electric bills. It might seem like an automatic thing, but I can't let it ever go unnoticed. Everyday is truly a blessing, and when I focus on the positive, I know it's having an impact on others because of the way I interact with them. It's not hard to be positive when you appreciate the basics in life.
Three simple words yet they said so much to me. When I was at Walmart today--I know, crazy to go to Walmart three days before Christmas-- I was heading to the front doors of the store in the light rain when I heard the familiar ringing. At this time of year, that sound comes from the Salvation Army bell ringers. I always make sure that I have dollar bills in my purse, because my goal is to put a dollar in every time I go to a store that has a bell ringer. So, as soon as I heard the ringing, I opened my billfold and grabbed a dollar bill. When I reached the door, I put it in the kettle, and the young man who was ringing and I exchanged, "Merry Christmas" to each other. Then he took it a step further with, "God bless you." Those three words reminded me once again why we celebrate Christmas and it was as if my entire outlook changed as I went into the store. My head cleared, I felt patient, and I enjoyed the whole experience. I'm hopeful that in some way my actions paid it forward in the way I treated others because of the way that young man treated me.
Sometimes it's just tough to get started. We have good intentions but we just can't seem to get our engine started. However, when we find that spark, we will be off and running, and we will wonder what took us so long. That's exactly where I'm at now. I've been talking about writing a book for a long time and I just haven't gotten started. I'm not sure what has holding me back, but I've finally found my spark and I'm beginning. I think much of it has been my own head trash. What if I can't get it published? What if no one reads it? What if I thought I could write but really can't? Well, I've finally gotten rid of the head trash. If no one wants to publish it, I will self-publish. If no one reads, that's okay. I'm doing it for me. So, it's time to stop blogging and get started. This book isn't going to write itself. :)
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.