Why is it that words of positive affirmation sprinkled with a little more positive affirmation sometimes are forgotten and swept aside….
…..for the sake of one negative comment.
Why does a single negative statement override hundreds of positives?
Who even gave the negative permission to take up residence and start ordering rent-to-own furniture?
I’m the first one to say “brush it off” and “who cares” and “remember how amazing you are” and “they probably still have maroon shag carpeting in their home.”
But when it happens to me?
Sometimes when you write a blog or post on Facebook or other social media the going can get a little rocky.
No one really has a filter any more.
You’re sitting at home about to watch another episode of Gilmore Girls and the crickets are chirping and the sun is shining and the laughter is all around you and you pull up your phone and glance for a moment….
…..and your heart stops.
Negativity and ugliness just knocked at your door.
This week that happened to me.
Normally, I try to brush it off…..as in I think about it for days and mull it over and get kind of mad and then the crickets keep chirping and the sun continues to shine….
….and eventually the negative fades away.
But this week I decided to try something different.
I took all that energy that I spend on stewing and mulling and thinking and worrying….
….and flipped the script.
For an afternoon I tried with every last little bit of everything I had inside of me…..
….to leave a joy trail.
I pushed my cart through WalMart and smiled at everyone and if they didn’t smile back, I grinned even more.
I commented on blogs with dozens of exclamation points.
I told a random lady in aisle four of the dollar store that her nail polish was pretty.
I extra tipped and then ran away before they noticed.
I called my mom and told her she was amazing.
I smiled so much that I made myself laugh.
And guess what happened?
It was amazing.
You are brilliant so you know where this is going.
I was so busy being positive that I forgot all about the negative.
It couldn’t compete.
Especially with that amazing nail polish at the dollar store. 🙂
PS Just in case you wanted to leave your own joy trail….
….here’s a few extra exclamation points to get you started. (!!!!!!!!)