People are always telling me I have a great attitude. I mostly shrug it off and say, "I'd rather have a positive attitude than deal with the opposite."
The more I think about it, the more I realized that I do have an amazing positive attitude about life in general. And, I don't take it for granted. I am eternally grateful for the life my God has in store for me.
Right now, I'm going through some serious stressors.
- Over 25 years of writing books, articles, stories, etc were lost after we could not recover a back up. God speaks in amazing ways and my plans are not His plans. The most important things in life are not things.
- I battle Bipolar Disorder I, along with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks, PTSD, OCD, and BED on a daily basis. I intend to be the victor.
- I have a myriad of physical issues that amaze even my treating physicians. I don't let them dictate what I can do.
- My past is littered with enough trauma that would scare even the most professionally seasoned psychologist and therapist. Does it hold me back? No way! God is always with me.
- Everyone I meet thinks I am the one they tell their troubles to and expects me to help. I do listen and I determine if I am qualified, or if they need further professional help. I always provide valuable resources and make sure I take care of myself first. I
- can't help others if I don't help myself.
- I recently went through a very serious cancer scare with my mother. Thank God, the doctors were wrong and she does not have cancer. God is Good!
- Can I list more? Sure. But why go through a laundry list of trouble when there are more pleasant things in life.
- My oldest granddaughter just turned nine years old! I have three other grandchildren - two boys and another girl.
- My children are happy, healthy and in a wonderful place in their lives.
- My husband and I live in an awesome airport community that provides us with the opportunity to have a hanger on our property for our airplane that we can fly wherever and when ever we want.
- Our 13-year-old dog's health has improved dramatically after changing to a holistic veterinarian.
- We live in the beautiful state of Florida with endless outdoor activities year-round.
- I use Yoga, Mindfulness, Meditation, and Relaxation techniques to manage any stressors that may come my way.
I attempt to maintain a positive attitude through any "hiccups" that come my way. Sure, there are times when I need more professional help, but that's okay, because I know I will always get better. I am so blessed. So grateful.
Worry? Sure, sometimes, But, worrying doesn't really accomplish anything. It does cause stress and I've done well to keep from sinking into an anxiety episode.
I love what I do. I serve God by serving others. I am active in my church. I keep my Living Stone Faith blog updated. I am currently working on a series about David.
I don't preach without practice. Everything I recommend I've done for myself.
One of my favorite times to regroup, communicate with God, nature, and my surroundings, is by walking. Walking also helps keep the aches and pains from becoming bigger issues. It clears my mind and recharges my batteries.
Life is pretty darn good. Why shouldn't I have a positive attitude? I am alive, blessed, and loved. Here are some tips on how to maintain a positive attitude.
- Prayer. Reading God's Word.
- Practice Gratitude. Create a list of what all that makes you grateful.
- Don't focus on the negative side of any situation.
- Do only what genuinely makes you happy.
- If stressors occur, keep your mind focused on positive outcomes.
- Worrying doesn't help. It only causes stress. It doesn't accomplish anything.
- Find distraction opportunities. Read. Watch a movie. Work on a puzzle of any type.
- If you have a dog, take him/her for a walk.
- Take yourself for a walk.
- Call a friend. Chatting to another person always helps me keep perspective.
- Remember, there are other people with far worse issues.
- Volunteer your time, if it works for you. If it doesn't, it will only stress you out.
- Stay connected with your church and church family.
- Stay connected to family and friends.
- Don't read newspapers or watch the news or listen to news type talk radio shows if they only stress and worry you. I have stopped this and feel so much better. I do have a link with CNN that sends me anything of extreme importance. Other than that, I have barred all news shows from my home.
- Maintain balance in your life.
- Nourish your dreams.
- Form a support team for yourself and use it.
- Create a Coping Box and use it. (more on that later.)
LOVE LIFE! It's the only one you have!!