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Stay Positive~No Matter What!

Moira Riccio

'Sorry I haven't been posting the past few days....  Things got a little hectic, I have to admit and "life got in the way" of positive energy, enthusiasm and good ideas.  Yup, it happens to the best of us.   Within the past few weeks, I have been boggled down with extra activities and some schedule changes, and it was making me a little "blue."  But alas~I have snapped out of it~back to my usual upbeat, perky self ~ I know you are all relieved!!!

The real question is: "How did I do it?"  It all comes back to that saying I heard over and over, growing up, "If you don't have something positive to say, don't say it at all."  I even started saying it in my spinning classes: when we got into a difficult part of the program, "Think of all the positive things you have accomplished this week."  It really does make a difference!

Have you ever heard Oprah's advice about staying positive (and as a result healthy):)?  She recommends writing down in a journal the 5 good things that happened to you each day.  It really feels good, I have to admit!  In fact, I used to ask my kids the same question as I was putting them to sleep each night, "What was the best thing that happened today?"  (I sometimes waited up to a long minute for the response, but it eventually came!!)

My Aunt is a veteran elementary school teacher and principal (truly examining human nature at its purest), and she says she encourages the kids getting off the school bus to do the same thing.  While greeting the kids with a friendly, "Good Morning!" a sad little girls approaches her each day.  Aunt Eula suggests to her, "Sarah, isn't there something good about today?"  "No." Sarah replies.  "There must be something ~ what did you eat for breakfast today?"  Sarah smiles a little bit ans says, "Waffles with syrup."  So now each day, the seasoned teacher asks her about the waffles and then a little bit more positive feedback each day.  Eventually Sarah (it may have been halfway through the year but even so!) started saying, "Good Morning."

That's your choice (and everyone's) to remain positive or let the little things get you down....

Today my five things are:  Seeing my clients in an early-bird Reformer class,  coffee at Starbucks,
successfully getting my kids out the door for camp, reading a new book from the library, and grilling salmon to perfection!  In between all the other mundane chores I did today, when I fall asleep I only think of those.

Sleep tight,
Moira