Thursday, March 1, 2012

Topic of the Day 3

Today was a good day! Well, nothing spectacular happened but it was a beautiful day. The sun was shining, the temperature was over 80 degrees and I didn't have to put makeup on! Yeah! I love a ball cap and ponytail day.

I spent the day waiting for the opportunity to give a dime. I didn't find one. I did have a couple of chances to be nice to people I don't know. I guess there are some days that are better for giving than others. I did have a couple of chances to force myself on people. You know I took FULL advantage of that! There was the girl in the drive through at the taco place, one of my son's teammates at soccer and the lady walking into the building at the school. Oh. I did make a delivery for a friend to help save time, too. It is so funny. I know it has only been a couple of days but I find myself really evaluating and analyzing things around me throughout the day that I want to write about. I think to myself, "What can I do in this moment that is nice?"

There was a point in my life that everything seemed to revolve around negativity. I felt like I walked around with a black cloud over my shoulder. When my mood would delve even deeper into anger and bitterness, I swear I saw lightning shoot from that cloud. I was finally made aware by someone I care deeply about that I was miserable to be around. I don't take very well to criticism, so it took, um, a while for me to "get" it. Then, after I sat around and realized that it was true, it was time to turn that frown upside down. I have always been a silver lining person, an optimist, someone who will always give people the benefit of the doubt, trust until given a reason not to. I just couldn't figure out where it all went wrong. I am thankful beyond measure that I do have someone that loves me so unconditionally that I was allowed to work through it.

From that experience, I have grown into an even more optimistic person. I do not claim perfection by any means. We are all still works in progress, in my opinion. It has been close to two years now that I have been united with this new and improved me. I love self-reflection. So, all of that being said, I am pleased to do whatever I can to help change attitudes, even if it is one dime at a time. Until next time, stay tuned.....

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