Walking into work this morning I had a quiet reprieve before my colleagues began streaming in. I mentioned that I was trying to channel, as is my usual, calmness and positivity. My boss suggested that I could make millions if I could bottle and sell that outlook.
It got me thinking… why do we as humans tend not to err on the side of positivity. Why must we see the worst in people, circumstance and quite often ourselves?
As I’m wont to do, I Googled “power of positivity”, and after clicking through a few different articles, found a beautiful quote by Martha Washington (the first, First Lady of the United States). She said, “The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”
I’m sitting at my desk and going, yeh Martha, why do I so often choose to drag my feet, instead of getting on with it? I want to be that person in my family, workplace, community, or on the phone to yet another salesperson, who spreads that good cheer. That can see the beauty in the imperfect. And that values difference as an opportunity instead of a hindrance.
Over the weekend I went for a walk at Binna Burra, within Lamington National Park. I was telling a friend that nature is my free form of therapy. I appreciate everything during those adventures. The trees, the fresh air, the funghi, the views, the cool breeze coming up the valley, and even the sly snake sitting by the side of the track. Yes it was hard work, yes I got disheartened, but I found when I chose the path of appreciation and positive thinking, I enjoyed the challenge all the more so.
So going into this week I’m hoping that you too will be able to identify the beauty. Connect with your community. And appreciate yourself, and all of your imperfections, as an opportunity, rather than a hindrance.