Scallywag

Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry.

~ Bill Cosby ~

How About Making Some Good Things Happen?

January 3rd, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 52 secs

What does it take for good things to happen?

Good things don’t always come our way. Bad things happen. You can be sure something will come up over the next few days that will get under your skin to make you bristle. Like the person honking needlessly for you to get out of their way. Or someone who leaves everything in a mess for sweet wonderful you to clean up. That’s life, isn’t it?

Isn’t it amazing how you can go from neutral and nice to irritated beyond belief in seconds flat? All that calm, common sense can easily leap out your window when you’re confronted by selfishness, meanness, and indifference. So it takes will and a clear head to curb your reactions. To say, “Yes, they are being a pain in the backside and they deserve a sharp word…. But today I’m not going to be responsible for their actions.”

That one decision put into place can make a world of difference alone. All of a sudden we immediately skip a whole lot of grief. But like the steak knife ads say, “But wait! There’s more.”

What if you put your mind on making some good things happen for someone else as well as you? If you are doing that already, why not make more elaborate plans to get some good things going? There is no limit to the amount of good you and can do when we decide to and follow through.

Naturally, there are obstacles to bringing more good into your part of the world. There always is. But if you persist with a good reason to care enough for others then there’s little that can stop you. Making good things happen starts with a mindset that says something like, “I’m going to make life better because that’s what I believe in and it reflects who I am.”

Is it Pollyanna-ish to think you can improve your situation? Is it naïve to want to help others as well as yourself? Or are we forgetting the secret to increasing our happiness is rooted in the way we think and act?

I say, decide to bring out your best. It’s affirming for you and empowering too. What’s more, other people are likely to love it too. Not everyone, but enough.

So, regardless of how many annoying things pop up in the next week, take charge of your life. Choose what you are going to make the most of: the nuisances of life, or the opportunities?

Maybe it’s a teacher thing, but deep down, I believe you and everyone you know, have the potential to influence life for the better.

Start afresh today.

 

 

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