we live in a global atmosphere of negativity that permeates
our society and affects us more than we know. It makes us
sarcastic and cynical.
Add to that disease, emotional problems, financial limitations,
and addictions. Throw in a job that constantly stretches
us to our physical and emotional breaking point, and we
have a substantial challenge.
The foul smell of evil has settled upon us as a tattered
blanket and we seem powerless to hurl it off, rise up and
rid ourselves of the stench. Despite attempts to manage
and eradicate the ills of our society, our fear, discontent
and confusion remains and increases daily. Indeed, the horizon
We would like to believe that some time soon, well
be singing a different tune; a new song. As much as we might
wish, the old time days may never return; we have no choice
but to be realistic here.
Some say that things will get worse before they get better
and others believe that we are too far gone to regain the
good life we once had.
However we look at it, if we adopt the following five attitudes
and practices, we will inevitably develop and exude a positive
attitude that will be contagious thus helping us all to
cope and survive.
1 Concentrate on what is working in your life.
Complaining incessantly does not focus on creating solutions;
rather, it perpetuates and magnifies your problems.
Be grateful for the smallest daily and occasional blessings.
In the grand scheme of things, God is doing his work, often
unseen by our finite eyes. He requires only that we trust,
obey and be thankful for the countless mercies.
2Be a positive force in the lives of others.
Get involved in making a positive change or contribution.
Be vocal in support of the rights of women and children.
Use your influence to do good where you live.
Shift your focus away from your own concerns to those that
plague your community. Investigate how you can help. Even
the smallest contribution in time accomplishes much.
Ensure that you are not contributing to the negativity around
you by engaging in, and listening to gossip or any conversation
that is primarily denigrating or critical of other people.
Sometimes, people do not consider their words, attitudes
or actions to be negative and your silence gives them permission
to continue. Just bringing it to their attention is enough
to shift the conversation.
Become the kind of person who takes your time and your words
seriously. Make your conversations positive and meaningful.
Over time, people will accept the boundaries.
4Be an inspiration.
A few words of acknowledgement and encouragement may be
all someone needs to keep holding on.
You can create a positive world one person at a time, by
saying simple things like: Thank you. Good
work. Im here for you. and, You
can call me anytime.
5Focus on what you can change.
Far too often, we dwell on the pain, inconvenience and frustrations
inherent in circumstances that arise. We complain daily
to everyone who will listen and nothing changes.
When faced with a distressing situation, ask yourself if
you can control the events. If you can, change what you
can. If you cannot, deal with it appropriately, let it go
and move on.Positive environment
It is easy to be positive in a positive environment. It
is when things are emotionally draining and the negativity
threatens to consume you that you are challenged to step
up to the plate and take action. When you do, you can make
a difference a positive impact that sends ripples
throughout the community in which you work and live. Remember
that a positive attitude catches on just as quickly as a
Learning how to be positive as you navigate through life
is part of lifes lessons. Regardless of what is going
on around you, do not add to the negativity that abounds.
Be positive in spite of what other people do or say.
It is said that the human spirit is a mighty force; it is
strong and capable of rising above the extreme vicissitudes
that life sometimes inflicts. If you determine to stay positive
and lead by example, you will find one day that your life
has touched and influenced many to maintain a positive attitude
in the midst of a negative world.