Monday, August 10, 2009

A Positive Charge

I'm currently working on a story called "The Power of Positive People." I'm meeting with local people who always seem to see the glass half-full. Hence, my meeting with Judy (see a few posts below) in the middle of her crazy, hectic book launch schedule.

I've noticed more recently how negative energy weighs me down. Being around a Negative Nancy (no relation to my actual friend Nancy) completely changes my spirit. I become withdrawn, almost itching in my skin to be out of that person's presence and praying the Lord will give me the patience to get through that time. Some people don't intend to be so negative. It takes much more to be positive, and people often give in to that lazy, negative state of mind.

If negative people make me feel so icky, I surly don't want to be that for anyone else. So, I'm doing my best to condition my mind toward life's positives. I understand if you think this is hokey.

When I left the newspaper, executive editor Alan English gave me a book, "Write it Down, Make it Happen." The premise is to make a list of everything you want to accomplish in life and work toward making each thing happen. At the time, I thought it was a nice gesture but somewhat cheesy. As time has passed, I've been thinking the book has some merit. Perhaps, it's because I'm (possibly) approaching a transitional period in my life. My goals are not as shortsighted as before. I'm thinking about the next 10, 15, 20 years regarding everything from my job, to my finances and even relationships.

Maybe I'll take some time in the near future to write down my list instead of leaving it simply to my memory. But, I think my first step is to become more positive. To remove myself from toxic situations and believe there really is some power in being positive.