During a heated discussion last night, I found myself saying things that I should listen to in my own life. Because, I know these things to be true, I just don't implement them for some godforsaken reason. So, perhaps now, I'll make a conscious effort from here on out to heed my own advice.
What were these sage words of wisdom, you ask?
I was telling someone they need to find a way to be happy even in the face of tons of negativity. I suggested finding things to make them happy, to focus on the good things in their life, and not be so wrapped up in things that they have absolutely zero control over. I suggested controlling the things they can and making what they can good.
I need to do this too.
I am in the negative profession. I deal with bad and worse. I also can be surrounded by very negative people, negative happenings, and major problems. My best actions can be not getting sucked into the vortex of crappiness. Because it doesn't do me any good. Stress is a nightmare on the body. It affects ALL the major organs, disrupts sleep, makes people eat like crap, and generally makes us pretty unhappy people.
There is SO much negative in this world that it is hard sometimes to avoid it. It's on the news, it's on our phones, popping up via text messages. Our friends are talking about it. We can't get away from all the bad that is out there in the world. There are entire televisions stations dedicated to it. So, how do we avoid it?
I can't pretend that I am the expert in how to save yourselves from it if I haven't made a good practice of those things myself. But, I am going to. I realize after finding myself giving out this advice that I should make these changes in my own life.
I sort of already had without noticing it. I'd made a vow that my Facebook Posts would be positive and happy. Sometimes funny. I wouldn't take to the Facebook airwaves to whine, bitch, moan and complain. The world doesn't need to know I am in a bad mood. Announcing it only solidifies it and makes it stick. And you know what? I hate whiners. I hate it so very much and then I find myself whining more than the people I hate that whine. Ugh. It's horrible.
So it's time to change. Let's change.
Clean eating: Check
Better focus on sleep: Check
Walk at least 20-30 minutes a day: Check
Posting positive things on social media: Check
Doing things I enjoy EVERY day: Check
Acknowledging the good things around daily: Check
Small, inconsequential things aren't they? And yet, they will have a monumental effect on my mood and potentially the moods around me. Wouldn't that be a good thing? That would be a better legacy than the one I acknowledged in my last blog entry. Perhaps, I'll only leave a major void in the dispatch work schedule but ... if I can leave the world a little more positive because of my influence, that's something too.
I also mentioned in the last blog that I have to keep my whines to myself. Yes. I do. But, not because people don't want to hear them. I've decided that I don't want to give any weight to them. I want to squash those words before they ever enter my mind. I want to shake them off so that they don't change this positive motion I am trying to do.
Each individual has the power to change their moods, their situation, their lives. It's up to us. It's up to me. I'm in charge of me. I have no children to mold into positive, happy, people. All I can do is mold myself into a positive happy person and hopefully that will spread to others around me.
Care to join me?