Debbi Haskins shares how having a positive attitude has helped her manage adversity.
I believe strongly that what you put out in this world, you get back.
I did not always think this way, and unfortunately it took a life-altering event to show me the correct path for me to follow. I suffer from a debilitating disease which tests my strengths daily.
Here are five principles that I live by and pass along to as many people as I can!
1. Positivity creates positive results. Karma?
If you surround yourself with dark, depressing negative thoughts or people, then you will lean towards that yourself. That is not a happy, nor a healthy, way to be.
Find something positive daily and focus on it. If something bad, or dark is happening to you… sit back and look closely at it until you find something light and positive to focus on instead. Soon the negative will shrink away. It becomes so much easier to do this if you practice it constantly.
2. Say “Hello” to your neighbors and smile. One smile spreads to another and soon everyone will smile!
I always take the opportunity to help others as I wished people would treat me. Just because I am having a rough day doesn’t give me the right to take it out on someone else! Smile, maybe their day is just as bad as you think yours is, and your smile will ease some of their pains.
3. Smile, lend a hand, open a door, pay for the person behind you in line at the drive-thru: the simple things will matter the most.
I take every day as if it is my last, and as if I will be judged this day… I will want to meet my maker with that same positive smile and head held high knowing that I have done my best in this world and tried my hardest to keep some of HIS basic teachings alive. The Golden Rule now means more to me than ever before.…Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com for the other 2 principles!
Debbi is an RSD/CRPS advocate, the author of My Monster and Me, and struggles daily with normal everyday tasks due to her disease.