The other day while walking through the grocery store parking lot, I saw one of the cashiers walking toward the store. As we neared each other, I happily told her, “Have a good day!” to which she sternly replied, “I will not have a good day.”
For whatever reason, she had already decided that her day was going to be bad. Nothing was going to change it. Nothing could turn it around. Her mood was set.
A few years ago a man asked me, “Are you going to have a good day today?” He didn’t tell me to in passing, like most people do. Instead, he asked me what my choice was going to be. I decided that yes, I was going to have a good day, and I did.
Of course, a tragedy could have occurred and spoiled my plans, but thankfully nothing happened. The day was good.
I believe that for the most part (barring depression, mental conditions, unexpected tragedies, etc), we can decide what kind of day we will have. We can either set ourselves up for success, or we can set ourselves up for failure, like the lady at the store did. She made a choice; a choice to spend her day upset and angry.
Sometimes we don’t recognize that we’re the ones holding ourselves down. Instead, we blame the world, circumstances, and others. However, none of those things have control over us, no matter how it may seem. The only thing that has full control over us, is us; the man or woman in the mirror. That person has total control. They can either make our life wonderful, or make it miserable.
Our thoughts are very powerful. When we think negatively, it is shown in our behavior. Negative thinking places a dark cloud upon our life that weighs us down and makes our life miserable. A dark cloud that is caused by our own thinking.
On the other hand, when we think positively, we feel positive. We are happier, and the people around us are happier too.
We, and the life that we live are a portrayal of the unspoken words that we repeat in our minds. Therefore, we should make our unspoken words positive ones.
I do hope that the lady from the store changed her mood around. It’s sad when people set themselves up for failure, but I’m sure we’ve all done it. I certainly know that I have.
It takes a lot of self-discipline to learn how to control our moods, instead of letting them control us. But with practice, it does get easier. As a result, our life becomes better, more fulfilling, and a delight to live.
Positive thinking goes a long way. It’s worth practicing.