It’s a choice.

All, or I should say most of us can clearly see that this world is massively corrupted and it seems to only be getting worse as time goes on; however I have some great news to tell you…there is still good out there. Good people, good deeds being done, and good things to come. I read a line by an inspiring fellow story teller by the name of Branden Harvey who said, “It was easy to remain optimistic when I was ignorant to the world’s injustices. Now that I’m aware, optimism has to be a daily choice,” and he couldn’t be more right. Optimism is a choice. If we are able to open our eyes in the morning, then we are given the privledge to choose to be happy. Choose to be positive. Choose to be a kind human. Trust me when I say I know it’s not always easy because death is real, sicknesses exist, and unfortunately not-so-nice people have a tendency to challenge the happy energy we produce. To top it all off, it’s very easy to dwell on all the wrongs, cants and wonts, but in the midst of all that, there are so many things that are right, that can, and that will. You must simply try to see those alternatives. After all, this life is all we get and why waste that energy on things that just aren’t worth giving up our goodness for? If today just doesn’t seem like it can turn around after numerous attempts, then try again tomorrow. Joy comes in the morning or at least a new attempt.

With that being said, I would like to challenge you to a few things for the month of July. I’ll start with something my sister taught me to do at a young age cause I was a brat (some would debate that I still am at times, but that’s just my sarcasm as an adult now), she taught me to think before I speak. And let me tell you, that was one of the greatest traits I accomplished and I couldn’t be more thankful for it. Honestly, it’s probably why I have a high tolerance of patience and haven’t been arrested or punched…lol for real though. Thinking before we speak allows us a moment to process what we hear and a second to make sure we say what we intend, with hopes of it not being hurtful. And if your goal is to be hurtful, then I hope you think twice.

Another one is to start freely complimenting. Being an introvert, I always found myself in my head saying “I like those shoes” or “he has a nice smile” until one day I read an article about compliments that changed my perspective. Perhaps that person you like something of doesn’t have a spouse, maybe they’re friendless, or battles low self-esteem? That one compliment of being noticed by you could change their whole day. It may even make their whole week! Think of how you feel when someone compliments you…now put that energy back out there. One compliment a day.

And lastly, I challenge you to consciously create your happiness. Maybe you’re going through one of life’s obstacle courses at the moment, have been let down, or just feeling bummed. I want you to spark what makes you happy so you can remind yourself that what you feel is temporary. What makes you smile? Put on your favorite music and mentally escape. Go to your favorite place and just be. Spend time with someone who lifts you up. When we are happy, we shine. Be the light this world needs. Choose to be kind. Make the effort to be a good human.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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