Staying Positive Is…

I am a “reflector.” I “reflect.” Things “happen.” I “reflect.” I pay attention to what is happening around me. Some good, very good; some bad, very bad. Watch the evening news. Very little reported is focused on the good taking place in society; most is focused on the bad or the questionable. Authority is never unchallenged anymore. The media questions everything, but the media. Staying positive about our society, our world, if you are reflective and are really paying attention to our environment, is in a word, “difficult.”

Staying Positive means you make the best out of all situations. You choose to find the positive out of all situations, you learn and grow. You don’t necessarily accept, but you don’t judge, you focus your thoughts and energies on making each situation more positive in its outcome. I suppose it may come down to “perspective.” Staying Positive when you witness so much negativity is draining. Why have we allowed ourselves to become so fractionalized?

Staying Positive should not be as hard as we make it. Treating others with kindness, understanding, and respect should be the norm; sometimes I see it as being the “exception.” That is where it all begins, how we choose to treat others. We are all different yet all the same; both for many reasons. We are so worried about our own lives we forget about what others may be living through; how they may be worse off than us. Staying Positive when we don’t really care about others to a deep enough level because we are too busy caring about ourselves makes all of our lives more difficult. Why does it seem to always take a tragedy to make us “come together?” Why can’t we sustain that sense of “togetherness” once the tragedy passes?

Staying Positive takes hard work. It takes understanding that others matter and that each of us is responsible for and to others. It takes sacrifice. It means opening your mind to the possibilities of helping someone else not so much for their sake but for your own.

Our society, indeed our world, would be way better off if we all took the time to Stay Positive. It doesn’t mean you can’t be a “realist.” Staying Positive begins with each of us. Staying Positive is a mindset; it is a choice. Having the strength to Stay Positive when all around you is not, is necessary. It is what will make the difference if we are to ever do our part to make our society, our world, a better place.

Staying Positive takes perseverance. It takes strength. It takes understanding that every situtation, no matter how bad, could be worse. Learn and grow. Adapt and change. Know that no matter what the situation it is not more than you can handle. Staying Positive will help you get through the most dire times in your life.

Staying Positive on a daily basis will cause others to take notice. You will be viewed as a person who people gravitate to. It will allow you to bring hope to others. It will allow you to pass along your strength to others because they will be inspired to “try” Staying Positive. You don’t have to try to “change” people, because you don’t judge, you just treat them the way they hope to be treated. With positiveness; people like to be treated and noticed for the good in them. Staying Positive will influence others in this way. Helping one person to experience the power of Staying Positive is the way to make a difference.

Staying Positive will help you be a survivor in any challenging life situation. I am working at Staying Positive each day. Some days I am more successful than others but the effort is still there. Staying Positive may help others not make bad decisions that bring harm to themselves and those who love them. We all matter. We must Stay Positive with ourselves and others because it makes a difference in ways we cannot even see.

Staying Positive with others is sometimes easier than Staying Positive with ourselves. That is why it is important to all of us to be reflective in our approach to life; thinking not only about ourselves but putting others first can help us Stay Positive.

For some of us, Staying Positive is our lifeline in this negative world we live in each day. Take a moment to reflect on your sense of Staying Positive in your life. I think you will see the power of Staying Positive.

Staying Positive is an effort that is necessary if we are to create a better place in which to live.


About pshepich58

I am married and have one son. I have a black lab. I live in Livonia, Michigan where I am a superintendent of a public school district. I was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I attended Central Michigan University for both my undergrad & graduate degrees. My educational career has spanned stops in Clear Lake (Houston) Texas, Scottville, Hart, Custer and currently, Livonia Michigan. I will be starting my 32ndth year in public education this fall, 2014. I am a huge Green Bay Packer's fan; I love the Detroit Tigers, Pistons & Wings. I pull for the CMU Chippewas but am a huge college sports fan that supports the MSU Spartans (where my son is a student).
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