Tag Archives: optimism

Making Happiness Your Reality

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It’s a beautiful morning.  The sun is shining, and the birds are driving our cats crazy by perching themselves on the sunflowers right outside our front window.  But despite the thumps I keep hearing on the window as the cats try to earn an extra breakfast, all I can do is smile.

Life is good.

We’ve had our ups and downs.  We’ve had our “worse”, “poorer” and “sickness.”  But through everything, I’m in a place in my life where I don’t need to change a thing to be happy.  I AM.

Are you?

I find it interesting and discouraging when I speak to people who seem to want to be unhappy.  Even when things aren’t going our way, we answer “Great!” when asked, “How are you?”

How do you answer that question?  If you’re more of a half-empty person, I ask you to consider this…  When your day starts off bad, does it usually get worse?  If so, have you ever evaluated how much time you spend focusing on your problems, rather than focusing on what’s going good in your life?  Believe it or not, there IS good in your life.  Consider this: If you’re able to read my blog, you are able to read.  You have a computer or electronic device that allows you to connect to the internet.  You are alive.

If you are a more-than-half-full person, I’m proud of you.  Keep smiling.  Brighten somebody else’s day by saying “Good morning!” or by simply smiling at them as they pass you.  Believe it or not, that smile really could be the ticket to making their day just a little bit better.

Sitting at work a few months back, I realized there was a man in my office who I had never seen smile.  I decided right then that I WAS going to get a smile out of him, and I started greeting him with a smile and a “Hi!” every time we passed.  You know what?!  It worked!  Every time we pass now, I not only get a smile, but I receive a “Hi Kim!”  And my heart glows.  I didn’t give up.

If you struggle with maintaining a positive attitude, I encourage you to look up the following websites:

Abraham-Hicks

The Secret

It doesn’t matter what your religion or belief system is.  You can be happy.  But rather than waiting for somebody else or a particular situation to make you happy, you have the responsibility to make yourself happy.

So do it.  And remember:

You are a creator of thoughtways on your unique path of joy.  ~Abraham-Hicks

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Mixed Excitement

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I have the tendency to get excited by the littlest hint that better opportunities may be coming.  And it’s happening again.  I work as a temporary employee for an extremely well-known international corporation in my town.  I love the people I work with/for, and I’m good, if not great at my job.  However, the pay is lacking.  With student loans, rent, car payment and insurance, utilities, food, gas, etc. to pay for, there’s nothing left at the end of the month.  But…

“So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.” ~1 Timothy 6:8

And Dave and I try to be content.  We really try.  We get excited when we’re able to make a delicious meal out of ingredients already in the house.  Would a $10 trip to Kroger kill us?  No.  However, $10 saved is…  $10 saved, haha.

Anyway…

I’ve interviewed for no less than 5 full-time, permanent positions with the company I work for.  Unfortunately, with a number of graduating college students, other temporary employees, and an entire outside job-applicant pool, I’ve struck out on each one.  At my post-interview reviews, I was always told, “We thought it was a great interview, you just didn’t show enough company name examples in your experience questions.”  I would always reply, “I won’t give up!  You’ll see me again!”  And they did.

Two days after the miscarriage/D&C, and two days before our wedding, I trudged into the office, on my day off, to interview for another two open positions.  I felt I did good, however with the pain I was in I just wanted to come in, interview, and go back home to bed.

Yesterday, over a month later, I received a follow-up email from corporate HR, which is located across the country.  They want references and a salary expectation.  Is it acceptable for me to get excited?

On a side note, my work load is VERY full.  My planner is filled with items needing to be completed, and I get frustrated when, at the end of the day, I’ve checked only one or two off.  It’s not that I’m not working, however, that keeps me from completing items.  It’s my boss with a seemingly endless box full of random supposedly-“small”-tasks specifically meant for me.  While analyzing how I can achieve more checks in my planner each day, I realized that if anyone gets me started I can be quite a chatterbox.  To keep on track, I put a spot in my planner to keep track of my chat breaks.  Since then, I’ve also been listening to my headphones (slacker.com), which also deters my chatty co-workers from distracting me.  My chat sessions have DRASTICALLY decreased.  Yesterday, for example, I had none. 

A closing thought…

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” ~Colossians 3:23

Song of the Day – February 21, 2012

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I’ll post a link later from Youtube so you can hear this great song!

Waiting for Tomorrow – Mandisa

Maybe tomorrow we’ll start over
Maybe tomorrow I will finally change my ways
Said the same things yesterday
Don’t know why I’m so afraid
To let you in
To let you win
To let you have all of me

Can’t spend my whole life wastin’
Everything I know I’ve been given
‘Cause you’ve made for so much more than
Sittin’ on the side lines
I don’t wanna look back and wonder
If good enough could’ve been better

Everyday’s a day to start over
So, why am I waiting for tomorrow

Maybe today I’ll start believing
That you’re mercy is really
As real as you say it is
It doesn’t matter who I used to be
It only matters that I’ve been set free
You rescued me you’re changing me
Jesus take everything

Can’t spend my whole life wastin’
Everything I know I’ve been given
‘Cause you’ve made for so much more than
Sittin’ on the side lines
I don’t wanna look back and wonder
If good enough could’ve been better

Everyday’s a day to start over
So, why am I waiting for tomorrow

Oh, I’m makin this my moment now
To grab the hand that’s reachin down to save me You saved me
And I’m makin this my moment now
To grab the hand that’s reachin down to save me You saved me

Can’t spend my whole life wastin’
Everything I know I’ve been given
‘Cause you’ve made for so much more than
Sittin’ on the side lines
I don’t wanna look back and wonder
If good enough could’ve been better

Everyday’s a day to start over
So, why am I waiting for tomorrow

I’m gonna grab the hand that’s reachin down
And I’m not gonna wait until tomorrow
Oh, tomorrow