Updated: Jan 13
Don't you just love being around positive people? It seems they radiate light. They can lift your spirits when you feel down and put a positive spin on a negative situation. They make the world a better place.
A lady I know had to move into the house her new husband had purchased and lived in with his ex-wife. The town was small, and the house was small, and this lady knew no one. She hated it. Not only that, but her new mother-in-law preferred her son’s ex-wife, so the ex-wife attended every family get-together. It was awkward to say the least.
She looked around one day and came to terms with the fact that she couldn’t change her situation. Therefore, she should make the best of it. She went to the local library and made friends with the librarian. She became involved in a local church. She smiled and said nothing about her situation. She kept a positive attitude about the whole situation.
It didn’t happen immediately, but before too long, she was able to move to another town. Her positive demeanor paid off, and soon she invited her in-laws to her home for family occasions, excluding the ex-wife. Her positive attitude won over her mother-in-law, and now this lady shares her positive attitude with others, helping them cope with unhappy situations and desperate lifestyles. She chose to be positive when she could have allowed negative influences to overtake her.
Another lady I know made the best out of a tragedy she experienced. Her husband suddenly died, and she was devastated. She said it was two years before she stopped crying every day. What did she do? She volunteered to help a group of ladies working at a community event. They invited her to join them once a week to visit and play cards. She became a regular part of this group, and these ladies continue to support each other. They meet once a week to eat, play games, travel, and attend events.
This widow stayed involved in the lives of her children and grandchildren. She joined a Bible college and traveled with the CEO to hold graduations all over the nation and in foreign countries. She earned two doctorates and now acts as administrator of the adult high school program and Bible college which sends independent courses of study to hundreds of prisoners all over the United States. Though her time spent grading and sending these correspondence courses, prisoners are earning high school diplomas and degrees in Bible College. Their lives are being changed because this lady refused to give in to grief and depression.
Recently a young woman told me she has trouble with negative thoughts, words, and actions. We talked about ways to change, and she is working to change her speech and attitudes. If you are a negative person, you can change and become positive. Yes, it takes some work, but it is worth it. If you are around someone who is negative, be the positive influence in the life of that person. You will both be better off.
When we consistently speak and act positively, we can move negative things in a positive direction. With a little work and vigilant attention to our words and attitudes, we can affect our world in a good way.
Negativity is like darkness, and light drives out darkness. Be a positive light in someone’s life.