A Good Day Every Day
'How can you keep such a positive outlook?' It's a question I was asked last week. I have to admit, the answer that followed was a bit of an epiphany moment for me. My answer was that I ask two questions: 'Why is this happening to me?' And, 'What can I learn from this?'
I never realized it before but these two questions are in fact what keep me looking forward to every day and every event in my life with a positive outlook.
This got me to thinking.
It hasn't always been this way. In past I have felt victimized by my circumstances and my results in life. As a matter of fact there was a time when I felt that every boss I had ever had was a graduate of the same "Jerk-Boss School," and every relationship partner must have been talking to a former relationship partner getting the instructions on how to treat me, until one day I figured out that the common denominator in every job and every relationship I've ever had was me. I was the one constant in every event in my life.
I didn't like my results. And I finally came to the realization that the whole world wasn't about to change so that I could be happy. That's when changes in my life began to happen. We can watch the parade of television talk-show guests that blame, point fingers and whine about their circumstances. It all happens because many have not figured out how accountability works. Every decision you have ever made in your life has led you to the place where you are reading this article today.
Think about it.
From the moment in the sandbox where you picked up your toys and went home, to the time you felt heartbroken because someone chose to break up with you, to the time you felt that if you could only win enough money in the lottery to get out of debt, then every thing would be OK. What many of us fail to realize is that chose at an early age to play with others in the sandbox. We chose to enter into a relationship with someone who broke hearts. We, through a series of decisions, have put in a position where debt is mounting and income can't cover it. We've made every single choice along the way. Now it's time to be accountable for choices.
Being happy with a positive outlook is a choice too. Happiness is not a result; it's a choice. It's been said that every day is a gift, that's why it's called the present. I choose to look at every day as a gift. I ask, "What's in the box for me today?" Open your gift with enthusiasm. When the box is full of things you don't want to deal with, it's because you haven't dealt with them. Make a choice to deal with it and get over it. There's real learning and growth in every adversity. Trust yourself that there is nothing in life you can't handle. The proof is in the fact you're still here. You've handled it all so far. A good day comes from your willingness to face whatever the day has in store for you. What, then, will this day teach you?