What if I’m right? What if the “Pollyannas” of the world and I are right? What if you could produce more positivity in the world around you if you focused on the Good rather than the negative, mean, degrading stuff? What if? We have certainly seen time and again how one tyrannical, malicious person can tip a crowd, even a country, toward the negative side of the scale. What if you could do the same with positivity? Of course and without a doubt it is just as likely possible, isn’t it?
Have you tried it? Now to be sure, you must stick with it, be consistent and focused over a long period of time. Remember, what you do and say matters, always. Try it.
Start small. Choose a small situation or group of people close to you. See yourself as the key to creating a positive atmosphere. Believe. Look for every single good thing and praise it, acknowledge it, talk about it with positive encouraging words, emulate it, multiply it, be it. Be persistent. Ignore the naysayers – yes, there are almost always naysayers; you will find beginning to be a Pollyanna is not for the faint of heart, but it gets easier the more you think it’s easy. Refuse to be deterred.
It’s not that you are trying convince or coerce anyone – it’s really more that you are being an Influencer. It is not a competition. It’s more of a different way to see the world, a different way of “being.” Influence.
So, before you bash the optimists, conscientiously try being one first. What if the optimists are right? omg. Just think what that could mean for your life, your family, your country, the world.
Praise, encourage, build up, highlight, uplift the Good and Kind and Inspirational and Positive things going on around you on a consistent and persistent basis. Try it. Go for it. What if it works?!
Nancy Rainwater, PhD
When I finished writing this, I turned the TV on and the shooting in San Bernardino was unfolding just a few hundred miles from me, here in California. As I came across the media coverage off and on this afternoon, I wondered if I should wait to do this post until another day. But … then I thought, well, what better time to talk about positivity? It isn’t as if there aren’t bad things happening. It isn’t as if there aren’t people doing atrocious things. The point is that we can instead focus on all the Good, all the good people, all the goodwill … it’s the only way to insure that the Good grows. I want and expect the Good to grow. Go about your day looking for good, for good people, for opportunities to grow the Good. You are always in my thought.
Blessings to you and yours, Nancy
“Find the good and praise it.” -Alex Haley
This is the key when we seek to find a better way. Find the good … in everyone … in every situation … in every moment. It might be something so small as to seem insignificant, but it’s worthy of our attention, because it is the key that unlocks our hearts, allowing the love and the joy and the peace. Allow the negative to fall away. Find the good and praise it.
Once we have this realization and acceptance within ourselves, a pathway opens before us. This path is of our own making, our own thoughts, our own feelings … it’s an inside job always. We always have choices. We can in the blink of an eye totally transform a situation for ourselves. It is within our power to do so. The power does not exist in the hands of anyone else … it is yours. Find the good and praise it.
Sometimes, I have found that what really needed to happen was that I needed to find the good in myself … and praise it. I have, at times, found this to be more difficult than looking for it in others. Regardless … find the good and praise it. It is you and you are it … always.
This concept is essentially and totally transformative. I have experienced it. The redirecting of my thoughts and my feelings about persons and situations has truly changed my life. These instances are worthy of my remembrance, my joy, my love.
I hope to always look for the good and praise it here within this blog. It’s really the most worthwhile time spent, I believe. Yes, I’ll tell stories and talk about my life, but truthfully, the power we seek lies in magnifying the positive in the world and in ourselves. Let’s do that!
Find the good and praise it.
Blessings of Love and Light,