I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… then try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.
When I was younger I was certain that life was one big party. Now… well, I still think that. Only, it turns out that it’s a complicated, unpredictable one where the guests don’t always party responsibly. I recently found my original party invitation and this time I got out my trusty magnifying glass to read the fine print. I’ve enlarged the print and posted it below for you. Maybe you’ll find it helpful.
The universe is throwing a big party and we’re all invited!Advertising
Here are a few things you should know about this particular party.
1. It’s BYOE
Bring Your Own Everything. The universe isn’t hosting the party so much as allowing us to hang out at her place for awhile. She’s providing the environment for us to enjoy, or not to enjoy. It’s up to us to bring stuff. And that stuff includes an open mind and a forgiving spirit because you never know what or whom you’ll encounter there.Advertising
2. There Will Be Other People
There will be guests attending that may not be to your liking. The good news is, the universe is a big place and if you explore it you’re sure to find those you click with. But if you do find yourself amongst those you don’t fancy, try being kind to them. Parties can sometimes make a person feel lonely. Maybe you can help make it a little less lonely by reaching out.
3. It Might Get Messy
Chaotic even. Everything might be going swimmingly for a bit. You might start feeling the groove and then, out of nowhere, there’s a surprise! An explosion of fireworks! The noise-makers start making too much noise and you can no longer hear yourself think! Or worse, you can hear yourself think and you’re thinking way too much about anything and everything, driving yourself mad! You might spill your drink, ruin the furniture and curse yourself for being such a klutz. But you’re not a klutz. Things spill. Mess happens. It’s okay. Take a deep breath. This will pass. Now try not to trash the place and please clean up after yourself.Advertising
4. There’s No End Time
You may have noticed that there’s no end time on the invites. That’s because everyone’s end time is different and there’s no way of knowing what yours will be. We suggest that you focus on the moments as they come with awareness and presence of mind.
By now you might have ideas as to how this party will go down. You’ve figured it all out. But you haven’t. None of us have. All we can do is show up, dance a little, meet some new people, learn a thing or two and try our best not to be a party pooper.
Last Updated on September 17, 2019
10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts
Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.
But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.
Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:
1. Spend Time with Positive People
If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.
Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.
2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior
When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.
Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.
3. Contribute to the Community
One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.
Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.
4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials
Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.
Some recommendations for you:
- 30 Of The Most Inspirational Quotes Of All Time
- You Are What You Listen To: 11 Podcasts To Inspire Yourself
- 10 Best Inspirational Books That Can Change Your Life
- 30 Inspirational Songs that Keep You Motivated for Life
5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts
You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.
If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”
There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.
6. Establish and Work Toward Goals
It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.
Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.
7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity
Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.
Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.
8. Offer Compliments to Others
Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.
9. Create a Daily Gratitude List
If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.
Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.
10. Practice Self-Care
Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.
Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.
Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.
More About Staying Positive
- How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up
- 10 Negative Thoughts We All Have And What We Should Think Instead
- 10 Scientifically Proven Ways To Stay Happy All The Time
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