I logged into Facebook today to see that I have been challenged to something called the Five Day Positive Challenge:
OK, I’ll bite on this one but I’m going to alter the deal a little bit. Instead of posting three little things a day for the next five days, I’m going to blog about it at length today and be done with it. The purpose behind a challenge like this should be to cause some behavioral change. Take a look at the better things that happen throughout the day and then challenge your friends to do the same. With any luck, you’ll get into the habit of doing this every day!
In general, I am a pretty positive guy. After nearly dying about seven years ago, I consider every day I have to be overtime, or extra innings, or perhaps sudden death! Oh that has a nice ring to it, and it’s kinda punny. Anyway, I’m not perfect, I often falter and focus on the negative things, but I try my hardest not to. This isn’t to say that one should remain ignorant of the bad and evil in life because there’s plenty of that to go around. But I believe that what you choose to focus on gains more power. By focusing your energy on the good in your life, you are more likely to show kindness to others and try to spread that goodness to others. By moping about the news, traffic, price of gas, etc. you are focusing too much on things you have little to no control over. Such moping can lead to more stress which in the long run will cause detrimental health and make you one sad panda. In summary, don’t be ignorant or blatantly ignore the bad parts of life. Acknowledge it’s existence, do what you can to help change it for the better, and then move on to what’s good.
Many of you reading this will be able to agree with a long list of things to be extra thankful about. Such as:
- Living in the late 20th/early 21st century with all of it’s conveniences
- Running Water
- Sturdy Shelter
- Motorized Transport
- The Internet
- Cell Phones
- Speaking of which, when I open my fridge and it’s empty I can drive right down the street and buy food at a restaurant or grocery store, and both always have food in stock
- Gas Stations (for those of us who have cars) or Public Transportation (for those of us that don’t)
- Being born in a first world country (cause there’s plenty of places that don’t have the above)
For those of you missing some of these conveniences (well you have a computer and internet I presume), I truly feel sorry for you. We should all be able to live with such abundance (but not wasteful excess, that’s a topic for another day). Those are just the conveniences. What about the more intangibles such as our family and friends, our health (I hope yours is well), the beauty of nature, music, and art and so on. We are very fortunate to live in the time and place that we do. So, let’s focus on what we do have and stop worrying about the minor inconveniences we often run into. If you can make a habit out of it, you’ll start feeling better in general, I guarantee it!
That’s my Five Day Positive Challenge response in a nutshell. If you’re reading this, I challenge you!
Also, Source of Hope is nearing completion. I hope to have it released out to the public in September or October. And, sorry for the gap between posts here. I’ll try to do better next time.