Staying Positive

sp1Dare Mighty Things

“It is not the critic who counts;

not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,

or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,

whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;

who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,

because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;

but who does actually strive to do the deeds;

who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions;

who spends himself in a worthy cause;

who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,

and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…”

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

 

Well, sometimes I just can’t help interrogating myself:

What if I gave a damn to critics and naysayers?

What if I consulted man more than I consulted God?

What if I didn’t act in obedience to what God was directing me to do or say?

What if I gave a damn to peoples’ opinions and speculations, some of which I know act as a deterrent to the focus I need to reach my destiny? To attain & live my purpose?

What if I spent so much of my time and took counsel from people who look at me and honestly see nothing, utterly nothing in me? For there’s always a treasure in each of us, from the least to the greatest, only difference is some lie in us dormant – inactivated!!

This poem above by Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States of America and the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize winner ranks as my top 3 favorite. To me, the poem is a perfect echo of deliberate positivity and the obstinate choice of not yielding to the negative spirit, even during those moments when failure takes a seat right next to us. It is refusing to turn, smile, give it a handshake or even dare bow down to its whims. It is being sound-proof to its voice. It is refusing to exchange contacts with it. And at the end of the session, it is giving it a resolute goodbye without a hug. It is ensuring that we neither take similar paths home with failure nor even accept a lift from failure. It is ensuring that it doesn’t feature anywhere close to our dreams.

Surroundings

Our company defines us. Surroundings is diverse ranging from people to what we expose ourselves to in terms of what we: listen to, watch and read which in the long run determines how we think and eventually how we view ourselves and feel about ourselves.

Sorry! But at times, you’ll do better deliberately shedding off surroundings that are toxic to your well-being, positivity and renewal. Look at the reptiles, particularly the serpent who through the process of ecdysis sheds off its skin to allow further growth and to remove parasites that may have attached to its old skin. Hence they regain their new youthful look time and again. A time comes when the old look is no longer functional and hampers growth and it gotta be stripped off. I believe the same formula should apply to toxic surroundings.

So how do we stay positive?

Most times than not, the body takes in what has been dictated by the mind. So how about enhancing the mental well-being? Please walk with me as I share some of my findings.

Rewiring our brains into positive powerhouses.

-Surround yourself with positive-minded people.

-Practice ‘daily gratitude’: you can write a gratitude letter, keep a gratitude journal, incorporating in it the large and small things that make you smile.

-Remind yourself to savor: stop and smell roses and look at them and touch them. Do whatever you can to really soak in the lovelier aspects of your life.

-Search for the silver lining: look for the positive in a negative situation.

-Change unhealthy self-talk that all so easily entangles us. Proverbs 6:2 “Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.”

-Boldly & deliberately detach yourself from negative surroundings.

-Let go of the strivings that all so drain mentally and eventually physically.

-What is it that you love doing that relaxes you as it re-energizes your brain and gives you a new view of yourself? For me, I know it has to do with: listening to soothing music especially worship love songs, reading a book or simply dressing up, putting on make-up then going to a tranquil nature spot, taking photos & having fun there. Sometimes, just playing love songs in the background and knowing that God loves me with an unparalleled love suffices. Just listening to songs like: First loved me by Israel and Newbreed, How loved am I by Laura Martin (Abundant Life) and More than what I wanted by Cece Winans just to name a few have incredibly lifted me from extremely heart-shattering moments, giving me a new dawn, new hope and new strength. So c’mon, recognize and schedule to regularly do that which puts a smile on your face, re-energizes you and brings the glow from within.

-Help others. I call it service. It brings along with it some kind of fulfillment.

-Follow your passion.

-Stay active: eat, drink and sleep well. Work out.

I’m looking at all these and some sure look more physical than mental, but their effects have a direct positive bearing to the brain which in turn roll down to the physical.

-Above all, Plug in to the power source. To ensure our positivity, power and strength is in perfect constant check, continual prayer, I believe is fundamental.

 Garment of Praise

Our joy, peace, strength and freedom is dependent on the sacrifice & effort that we are willing to put in no matter how terrible and draining the situation.

We all are cognizant of the beautiful story of Paul & Silas in Acts chapter 16, who having been thrown into prison, at the midnight hour, in praying, were also praising God in singing and consequently, all the doors were open. Acts 16:25-26

How about the story of Jonah in the whale’s belly and how he is eventually delivered when he ultimately resorts to praise? The whale vomits him out. Jonah 2:9-10 “But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that which I have vowed. Salvation is of Jehovah. 10 And Jehovah commanded the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.”

The power of Praise! Is it an innate occurrence to automatically worship/ praise amidst turbulence?

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Please allow me to share this excerpt that i really love from an email that I received.

“How often do you stop and think about what you are thinking about? So often, people live with their minds on autopilot, taking in whatever thoughts come their way. But if we are going to rise up higher the way God intends, we have to determine to make sure our thoughts line up with God’s thoughts.

Seven times in scripture God asks, “What do you see?”

God is interested in our vision. Before your dream comes to pass, you have to see yourself accomplishing that dream. You’ve got to GET A PICTURE OF IT.”

-Joel Osteen

Isn’t it awesome that we get to choose? That no one coerces us to be continuously negative? Isn’t it also amazing that the angle at which we tilt our lenses determines the view that we get?

Tilt your lenses with the right attitude! At just the right positive angle!

Wish you, as I do myself infinite positivity.

Irene.

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