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It’s Not a Magic Pill

Staying positive does not mean that things will turn out okay. Rather it is knowing that you will be okay no matter how things turn out. – Unknown

Let’s talk about thinking positive, what it is, and what it isn’t.  It’s not a magic pill.  Maintaining a positive attitude doesn’t fix everything, and it doesn’t make everything all better.  What it is, is something to hold on to when things are tough.

it's not a magic pillI’ve had people (many people actually) tell me that my having a positive attitude means I’m not dealing with the crap that life hands out.  Well here’s the thing, when life gives me crap, I deal with it.  I must, because I’m still here, moving forward ever day.  Second, thinking positive is precisely how I deal with that crap, because I always find something good in all that bad.  I got moved to a new classroom at school. It’s my 8th classroom in 9 years, and this year, I’m on the fourth floor with all the foreign language people. Now they’re very nice people, but they’re not my people.  And the fourth floor is hot, and with the weather we’ve had, it’s been pretty miserable.  And somebody stole a bunch of my stuff while I was moving. There is some crap…granted it’s not huge crap, but it’s still crap.  But guess what, my room is very spacious, and being on the fourth floor means nobody (administration) comes looking for me all that often because nobody wants to go up four flights of stairs or use the ancient elevator.  And as far as my missing stolen stuff – well, I had too much stuff anyhow, and the stuff I absolutely needed to have, I replaced.

That’s what thinking positive does for you.  It’s not a magic pill, but it’s a way to look at things, and it’s a way to remind yourself that no matter what, things will be okay.  Don’t get caught up focusing on all your own crap.  Face it head on, look for the positives, and remind yourself that you’re goign to get through it and it’s going to be okay.

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