By: Dana Zillgitt, Regular Contributor
It’s so easy to sweat the small stuff sometimes and forget how blessed you are really. Or in social media terms, #blessedreally. These past few weeks, I’m pretty sure, have aged me at least ten years and it’s not a good look for anybody. I have bags under my eyes, my car needs to be washed and serviced, plus I’m pretty sure I need to buy groceries, or at least, something that doesn’t come from the burrito place down the street. It’s easier to focus on the negative, to remain in that rut we’re in and see only the bad that’s happening in our lives. But taking a step back and remembering that there are in fact good things happening, that there are small steps in the right direction being made, is truly exciting.
These past few weeks, I’ve had a quarter life crisis of sorts and been focusing on a lot of negative instead of seeing the good in the every day. I’m starting to use the negative as motivation to get back to as much good as possible. My grandma always said that life is like a railroad track—one side is the negative and the other is the good. In order to maintain that balance, you have to decide which way you’re going to lean. It’s better to just lean into the joy, when you have the pain at your coattails to remind you that nothing lasts forever and it does in fact get better. Plus, it’s way more fun.
But like with most things in life, this is easier said than done. So what does this mean? Life’s a learning process. And we need to realize what works for us and what doesn’t, what will help us stay sane and what will drive us off the rails. Acknowledging the good in every day is a conscious choice. A decision we have to make for ourselves to remain sane, to remain on the joyful side of the tracks. And it’s not easy in the slightest. But making that decision for yourself and maintaining that hard work will probably be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.
I’ll leave with this. Be happy. Work hard. Maintain that positivity. And if you’re in a rut, take a step back and breathe. Use the bad days as an invigorator to get the life you want. Because without that positive outlook, we’ll forget where we’re going, where we want to end up in life. And if somebody is going to get out of the funk you’re in, might as well be you and all your strength.
Reminding yourself that you have the capacity to CHOOSE negativity or positivity is pretty powerful! Don't forget it!
- No matter what kind of day you've had or what you're going through, challenge yourself to write down THREE good things in your life each day. Maybe it's your best friend, maybe it's a hot cup of tea, or maybe it's being able to listen to your favorite tunes on your iPod. Take stock and put intention to the small (but mighty) gifts of joy you see every single day!
Dana has her BA in International Affairs & Spanish as well as a mild obsession with rescue animals and all things caffeinated. She’s mastered the art of the selfie, fort building, and even the sass battle. Plus, she can quote 95% of Anchorman and Zoolander.