A few years ago, I was having a really bad day. I was in pain and nothing was going right for me. As I went to pay for my items, the cashier jolted me when he said, “I hope your day gets better.” It shocked me because I hadn’t said one word to him. I hadn’t complained or even made eye contact. But he sensed my mood because of my expression and body language. Afterwards, it made me sad that I had radiated such negative energy. After analyzing my day and even my life, I realized there was no excuse for my actions. My life wasn’t as bad as I was perceiving it to be.
So now I try to always smile when I am around other people. Most people smile back at me and it gives me a connection with others. Sometimes I think, I wish you well, as I smile at them. I want the energy that comes from me to be positive and loving.
We all have problems. No one is exempt from them. Some days it is harder for me to smile than others, but it forces me to think about the other person instead of just thinking of myself. Even when they are rude or short with me. I take it as a cry for help. Instead of lashing back at them, I try to respond with love. A little kindness and compassion could change the course of their day.
When I notice my thoughts are turning negative, I immediately start practicing gratitude. As I shift my thoughts, my mood changes. The devil will sneak his negative, hateful thoughts in our mind whenever he can. We have to develop a plan to notice and change these thoughts as soon as possible. The more we do it, the better at it that we will become.
When I do school visits, I challenge the children to smile at everyone they meet each day and count how many people smile back at them. It has the boomerang effect. Whatever we send out into the world has a way of coming back to us. Today, I challenge you to send out love and positivity.
Love and blessings,