I wanted to write this week something short about hope and positivity and perception.
I am exhausted right now because it was a long week. I had a lot of work to do and I upped my walking to 10,000 steps this week, so my body just needs a little down time.
But the promise of a week off work, has me feeling positive even though my body is hurting.
So, I thought I would explore a little bit about why I think I am feeling this way.
See, I used to be a complainer. I spent most of my time bemoaning the horrible world and not doing much about it. I didn’t have much hope. Depression can often cause this, but so can a chronic illness. I have spent a lot of time in therapy to work on these things.
And now I can truly say, I have hope for the future. I am actively working to help make the world a better place in my own small way. And what I find, is that when I have hope, it is a lot easier to stay positive. And when I am positive, it changes my perception of the world. It allows me to look at others who are only finding the negative with compassion and empathy instead of just being mad at them for not seeing the good in the world.
It allows me to see the good in the world, even as so much bad gets reported and shared.
I see the rainbow as I am leaving a not so great meeting.
I enjoy the walk in the early morning and watch the dragonflies as they flit about, even as my feet and legs are throbbing in pain.
I can be thankful that I am here to comfort my dog, even as I am really mad at my neighbors for shooting off fireworks for a whole week.
My perception has completely changed. And while I know it may not always be that way and things are constantly changing, I am trying desperately to hang on to the hope and positivity I am feeling today. So, I remind myself of all the things that give me hope. The work I do gives me hope. The children in my life give me hope. Watching the world change for the better gives me hope. And I am hanging onto that hope.
This week, what is giving you hope? And do you find positivity in hope?
I am wishing you a very positive week. I will be working on my personal projects while I take a break from work, so hopefully I have good things to report next week. See you then!