I have to tell you all, I am so blessed by your comments here, on Twitter, and via email. I have had nothing but love, and I'm so glad I got out those sad, worrisome feelings. I'm still researching the pros and cons of a lap-assisted hysterectomy vs. a uterine ablation. I keep praying for God to show me the treatment that will be most beneficial for my situation.
While I was doing all this "research", I googled, "ways to stay positive", and came across an Australian motivational speaker named Craig Harper. Here are some of his daily practices:
- I hang out with like-minded people who energize me and I avoid the energy vampires.
- I learn from, and get inspired by, successful people.
- I ask myself the right kind of questions – the “what can I learn from this experience” questions, rather than the “why does this happen to me” questions.
- I regularly get excited about possibilities – sometimes too excited!
- I don’t focus on negatives – I invest my emotional energy where it will give me the best return.
- I change the stuff I can and I let go of the stuff I have no control over.
- I am constantly setting goals. Big and small.
- I dedicate time every day to ’switching off’ and having fun for fun’s sake. Strategic silliness.
- I express myself creatively. It makes me happy.
- I let myself dream. Sometimes my mind keeps me awake all night!
- I invest time into others. People who are completely self-focused tend to have more downs than ups.
- Whatever most people my age do, I try and avoid.
- I regularly take stock of my life and consciously appreciate everything in it and about it. I am always acutely aware that my life is great and that I am blessed to be where I am.
- I set high standards for myself. I want to be exceptional and do exceptional things, and I will. Not because I’m particularly talented, but because I am prepared to work harder than most. I love to explore and push the boundaries of my potential.
- I love swimming against the tide. I love doing what most people don’t or won’t. I love being unconventional and throwing ‘logic’ out the window (now and then). Sometimes logic is a synonym for fear and ignorance.
- I look after myself physically. I don’t smoke, drink or use drugs and I never have. Ever. Being physically fit and healthy, helps me stay focused on a mental, emotional and creative level. It’s very hard to be ‘up’ when you’re physically unwell.
- My self-talk is positive. I don’t beat myself up. I don’t feel sorry for myself and I don’t indulge in ‘pity parties’.
- I spend quiet time alone recharging my batteries. No phone, no internet, no TV, no people, no noise, no distractions. I connect with the fat eight year-old for a while and see what he has to tell me. Sometimes the only person we don’t listen to is ourselves.
I thought this was a great list. It's things I already know, but don't always practice. My goal this upcoming week is to take care of me, allow myself some 'down time', and think positively. God bless and have a great week!