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It’s really easy to walk around the world with your eyes half opened. It’s easy, but when you go through life with your eyes partially concealed then you can’t see the world in its entirety. Since you’ve chosen the easier path, you’re also probably only choosing to see the things that you want to see…

You get stuck in the rain and all you can think about is how inconvenient that water falling from the sky is for you. Your eyes are only half way opened so you can’t see that the little bit of rain that’s dripping from the clouds up above are providing nourishment for all of the crops on the ground that will fill up your belly once they’re ripe and ready to be plucked from the ground and on to your plate.

That annoying coworker who always has something to say and will never shut their mouth up is only viewed as a pain in the butt for you when you look at the world through partially concealed eyes. On the other hand, when you open up your eyes to see all of your coworker then you will be able to realize that even this person that gets on your nerves from time to time has redeeming qualities that you just weren’t able to see when your eyes were closed.

Seeing the good in other people is a way for you to spread positivity. Many of the posts I write on here talk about ways to increase positivity in your own life, but it’s important for you to go out and spread the positivity that you acquire. You shouldn’t just keep positive thinking to yourself; you should go out and share it with those that you encounter on a daily basis. And this can be as easy as choosing to see the good in others. This is something that you should want to do, but it’s not always something that is engrained in our way of thinking…

A lot of us live in communities and cities that teach us that we’re supposed to focus on ourselves. As long as we feel good then that’s all that really matters. My positive life style is making me feel better and that’s good enough for me. If this is your attitude then that’s an attitude of me-thinking not positive thinking.

There are some people out there in the world who only hear negative things about themselves. It’s always things like “you’re worthless,” “you can’t do anything right,” or “you’ll never amount to anything.” The thing is that when you start to hear these kinds of things all of the time, you may actually start to believe those things about yourself. When all you hear is negativity, you stop expecting to receive positive messages.  You think that since the world views you in such a negative light that these things must be true and so you take them up as your own truth. But just because the world views this person in half opened eyes that only allows them to see the bad things about this person doesn’t mean that there’s only bad in this individual. You, positive thinker, have the opportunity to make the life of somebody like this a little more positive just by choosing to see the good in them. By being that beacon of positivity you just may just allow this person to start seeing themselves in a more positive light.

Remember the last time you received a little bit too much negativity from the people you encountered? How did it make you feel? I’m sure you weren’t happy about it because being belittled doesn’t tend to make anyone feel better about themselves. Wouldn’t it have made you feel a whole lot better if you could’ve have had somebody there to remind you of the good that they see in you. Wouldn’t you like to be that person for someone else?

Take up the challenge to walk around the world with your eyes fully opened because once you start walking around the world with the ability to see everything more clearly then you will also be able to be that beacon of positivity for those people that you come across in your life.

Spread your positive thinking positive thinkers!

And remember to “Always remember to see the best in others.”

“ As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has—or ever will have—something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression. ”

—Fred Rogers

Today, I woke up thinking about the word, Precipice.   According to the World English Dictionary, Precipice means the steep sheer face of a cliff or crag or a precarious situation.  The definition has me envisioning myself standing right on the edge of said cliff, looking down into an abyss of precariousness.  That sounds scary, right?  I mean…what is down there?

In my musings, I’ve determined that what lies in that deep dark place is a decision that a person is fearful of making and the dark abyss is our own doubts making us wonder if we would survive the decision (the leap) and its resulting consequences.  A precipice is something that we encounter in our lives when we are making huge, life changing decisions such as deciding to change a job or become self-employed, or even when we are deciding whether or not we want to stay in our current relationships.  Those types of decisions have us in a complete tizzy because they have the power to change our whole lives, our whole routine, and it can be for the better or for the worse, if we will it so.

I think all people have these points in their lives where they feel they are at the precipice of something.  Something has them wanting to adjust an integral part of their lifestyles and they are standing at that cliff’s edge wondering if they would be strong enough to navigate the darkness and still land on their feet at the bottom if they took that leap.  To them, it can seem impossible and that hypothetical death seems certain.  They know something needs to change if they are unhappy and that’s how they got to that cliff’s edge in the first place but the fear traps them in their situation and often, that is just where their lives stagnate with minimal growth because they cowered from that edge.

But what if we had options? Instead of thinking of the leap causing pain with a broken and devastating collapse at the bottom of the dark abyss, what if we believed we could make it over and to the other side (even if we are a bit bloody and bruised when we landed?)  We, at Positivity Works!, feel that a person’s confidence and belief in themselves and their reselience is what gives our minds the super powers to fly over the doubt and fear.  Remember, this precipice is not literal.  It was created, developed, and made darker and scarier by our own minds, doubts, fears, and experiences.  We will make it through the decision we make no matter what (i.e. how hard it is, how stressful it is, how much it makes us cry), because we have trained our minds to be that strong.  It is the truth if we will it so. And if our truth is that nothing in that abyss can hurt us because we created it, then we will always win.  Just as whatever happens in life is just an occurence and if you believe you can get through it, you will.

Today, the word Precipice was on my mind because I  have a big decision to make.  But no matter what I decide, I know that I will survive because I know my mind is strong enough for the leap.  I will make it to the other side and so will you, just train your mind to believe it and will your body to get it done.

If you, positive thinker, are also at a precipice,  here  is some musical inspiration to help you with your own leap to the other side.  You’ve got this.

There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it; I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate. The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours: They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for. This comes with much love and a prayer that you remember who you came from, and why you came to this beautiful, needful Earth.

—Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D

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