Archive | March, 2012

You’re Contagious!

30 Mar

You’re Contagious!
Whether or not you choose to believe it, you are contagious.
Have you ever stopped to notice that by comparison, we often act differently when we are completely by ourselves than we do when others are present?
Most of us, when we’re alone, will talk to ourselves while we work or play.
However, as human beings, we tend to go along with the crowd. If we are at a sporting event where the crowd is being quiet, we will likely also remain quiet. If suddenly the crowd cheers, we join the outburst of accolades. When the crowd boo’s, we join in the uncomplimentary noise. We find comfort in the majority flow of emotion, and are somewhat uncomfortable going against the flow.
Consider, however, that whenever a change in the crowd’s demeanor happens, someone had to be first to affect that change and the rest joined if they agreed with the action. More often than not, that first person is someone who doesn’t really care what others might think of their actions.
That is a power that we should harness for good! We should choose to be contagious. Sometime today, and tomorrow, and every day after for the rest of our life, we will encounter opportunities to effect a change in the people that surround us. For example:
Smile at someone, especially if they are not smiling, or seem to be downhearted.
If you’re in the checkout line at the store with a loaded buggy and someone with only a handful of items gets behind you, offer to let them go first . . . with a smile.
Do you know someone elderly in your neighborhood that seems to be always alone? Invite them to dinner. If they cannot drive, offer to take them where they need to go. Listen to their stories.
You will be amazed at the change that happens around you when you exude happiness. Your positive attitude will be contagious, and wherever you go, you will leave a trail of better moods in your wake. For some with whom you share a smile, theirs will be short lived. Others will be so affected that they in turn affect those who you may never come in contact with. They will become contagious, because they caught what you have; Joy!
Here’s the best part; as you remain consistent, always sharing a smile and positive attitude wherever you go, the people you encounter from time to time will remember you. They will expect your joyous effervescence, and will be ready to offer some of their own joy back to you. They may even beat you to the smile. 8^D
Keep on casting your bread on the waters, and it will come back to you, in good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over. Change your world, one smile at a time.

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Plus or Minus

9 Mar

 At the root of it all, we are like a mathematic equation. Each of us are the sum total of all that we have experienced. The decisions we make are influenced to a certain degree by our own acquired wisdom, which has been forged in the fires of all we have been through. Does this mean that we are powerless to change who we are? Absolutely not.

It has been said:

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.

Not the best grammar, but it supports another old saying:

The purest definition of insanity is doing the exact same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result.

Here is the key to true happiness:

 We Get to Choose the Polarity of Our Input.

(1+1)=2  (2+1)=3 compared to (1-1)=0

How we choose to ‘receive’ the input of the things around us is completely within our hands. Two people can live identical lives, with identical wealth, and one can be thankful for what he has, while the other remains bitter for what he does not have.

When we take time to give thanks for everything and every situation, we are turning all input into a positive, and the sum grows. Conversely, when we gripe and complain about how much better things ‘could have been’, we are choosing to put a negative sign before every new input.

That’s a fast way to being a zero.

So take a moment, or better yet several throughout your day, and give thanks. Most of the times it’s easy to do, and conscious practice becomes subconscious action. When the occasional situation comes along where it’s very hard to give thanks, that’s when those who your positive attitude has influenced will gather around you and help you to overcome.

Choose to be joyful. Choose to be happy. In all things, be thankful.