Daily, we meet issues and/or concerns that serve as a drain on the light of our spirit, heart, and mind. Unfortunately, it is a fact that this is a common aspect of living life. However, in contrast, it is equally fortunate that we have the power to push through such situations and circumstances by choosing to be positive in our thoughts, actions, and reactions.
I have been told that sometimes it’s just not feasible to be positive. However, I encourage anyone—everyone—to instead choose to walk through the living of life with this inviolable truth.
“Positive thinking won’t let you do anything, but it will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” —Zig Ziglar
But rather than take Zig’s word or mine, I encourage you to look back upon situations that you yourself have faced or had the opportunity to witness where a negative or unkind reaction was given as a response to a prior action. Like breeds like, and quickly turns into a spiraling escalator that only takes everyone down.
With this in heart I encourage anyone—everyone—to have an “I” for deflecting rather than reflecting negativity, an “I” for forward thinking, an “I” for recognizing their own power, an “I” for perpetuating kindness, and yes, an “I” for positivity. Perhaps the best thing about this is that you don’t need to have a team to make it happen. For, just as there should never be an “I” in team, it is not necessary to have a team for “U” or “I” to be positive, upbeat, forward thinking, or productive. It is in such a prosperous state that I will meet you on the road of victory!
As human beings, we tend to work at changing others, trying to make them into who we believe they can be, should be. But truly, the moment that we choose to accept others as they are and for who they are, another link in an unseen chain that binds is broken, and with each broken link, you as well as the other attains the freedom to do and be so much more! It is a hard concept to accept, but often, the only way for any of us to become, we must walk our own path.
This includes having the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them. Teachable moments are everything, but sometimes it is life rather than her, him, you or me that must do the teaching. Wise words from Jalaluddin Rumi say, “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself."
In every step we take in working on ourselves from the inside out, we make a significant stride in making the world a better place. Perhaps the late, great singer, songwriter, and entertainer Michael Jackson said it best when he sang, “I’m starting with the man in the mirror.”
If success is to be achieved, whether for oneself or the world, for each of us, all of us, it begins there! Also, often enough, the change we make in ourselves is the catalyst that sparks that needed fire in another. You can, I can, we can! Together, let’s make it happen, as we continue forward on the Road of Victory.