|Best Selling Author|
It was brought to my attention at a wedding a of a friend that my outlook on life sucked. While sitting among friends I hadn't seen in a long time and their spouses we were catching up. Inevitably the conversation steers to, "I saw so and so at the store the other day. Did you know they got married..." Typical conversation, right? However, my negative self would reply, "Well, did you hear that they..." Again, OMG!!!
One of my friend's husbands, whom I really didn't know well looked right at me and in front of all my friends, my husband, and my mother said, "Do you only know the negative things about people?"
WOW! Talk about a come to God moment. Lightning bolt to the head. A slap across the face. This was exactly what I was doing, idle gossip with no purpose. I spent the rest of the reception with my head down, mouth closed, and heart squeezing because I looked like an idiot.
It didn't take much more to learn my lesson. In sixteen years you haven't heard the word hate come from my lips. It's a nasty word. And in my home, of now five sons, its a four letter word that is not said by any of us. Idle gossip has no place in my life. If you choose to share it with me I listen, but I don't have to reply.
This very significant moment in my life taught me I needed to hang out with people who were a bit more positive. I began to do that.
At the time I owned a small salon. I began to gather friends who had like interests, who wanted to build a business, who wanted to help me along the way. From there I began my family, started direct sales companies, and again, began to build relationships with like minded, motivated people. In the past sixteen years I have revamped my life. I want your successes for you as much as I want my own. I want you to feel as good about yourself as I do about myself. And idle gossip is a thing of the past. I surround myself with bright thinkers. Positive thinkers. People who take care of themselves and will take care of you too if you needed it.
Heading into my 40th year I look around me and I'm pleased with what I've built. Businesses. Careers. I've lived out many of my childhood dreams, and I continue to do so every day. In this year I will become a second degree black belt. Every day I tie on that belt I smile. I can't believe that is me! There is no room in this world for hate, not even for the word, because soon enough it begins to become you.
Gone are the days when I had friends only because I'd known them a long time. Now are the days I seize the moment to find a new friend and have another positive moment in my life.
To those friends I've lost because I was petty, maybe you could give me another try. To my new friends, thank you for being the positive crowd I needed. To those I've yet to meet, I want only the best for you. Let's take the world by storm and make it a wonderful place to live!
Drop hate from your words, from your hearts, and from your way of living. Open yourself up to the greatness that is in you and in others. When you feel the negative come along, only you can make it go away. Is every day easy? No, but it doesn't have to beat you down either. When you feel like slashing out at the world on Facebook or Twitter, write it and then delete and put good out into the universe. I'm here to tell you it'll come back to you.
Have a Positive Day!