How To Remain “Positive” In A Negative Environment

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In Lieu of October – I thought I’d write about “Positivity” – did you know that October was Positive Attitude Month? Uh, Yeah – it really is….in which is something we should all have regardless of the month, correct?

But not so, sometimes it’s extremely hard to keep up a “positive” image and smile in the midst of chaos or adversity and it’s even harder to always try to search for that glimmer of light in the midst of so much darkness – but guess what! You really can…

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When you go into a dark room and cut on the light, it makes everything within that room visible. Light has a way of shining on the darkest situations and circumstances especially if someone is having a bad day or if things aren’t quite looking UP as we sometimes would hope or think. Darkness is allowed in some cases such as when nightfall comes, that’s a darkness that is a must because after the sun has done it’s days work and sets in the evening, darkness comes to take over its shift, to allow people to retire for the night and rest but that’s how our solar system works.

So, what about the light and darkness we hold on the inside of us? You see, we all carry a light bulb within us and no matter how our day may go or play out, we have a sure responsibility to handle that day appropriately. We have the ability to turn our light on or leave it dark; it’s a choice that can only be made by you, whether to let positive rule the day or allow negativity to destroy it.

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I’ve been told that I’m a very positive person and have had people to come to me when they either want to smile, talk or need to be uplifted from a dreadful day. So I share the light that’s on the inside of me with them. But, sometimes after I’ve given out so much light, there comes a time when my light gets dim and even dark sometimes.

That’s one of the downfalls to being an encourager – you’re the one that people call when they need to be lifted or consoled or just want to vent. But when it’s your time, you hear crickets! I guess that’s just the way the cookie crumbles…..

However; Listed below are a couple of strategies that help me and maybe can help you too when your positive light suddenly stop working or begin to go dim.

 PRAY!

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Now, I don’t know your religious affiliation and that’s okay, but when people are mean or have said something to me or about me that’s untrue and has totally shifted my light from bright to dark – Prayer is the first step I take. It’s a meditation route that not only relaxes your mind but calms your spirit; it brings you back into focus and allows you to think before you speak and say something that will dim someone else’s light.

TALK TO SOMEONE

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Another way to stay positive is by talking with someone else who has a positive mindset. I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve felt down in the dumps only to talk to someone to vent and they start talking about their negativity. Choose your circle of friends wisely, because if you don’t have anyone that is able to listen to you or be there when you need a re-charge, then you might need to regroup and think about your circle. You’re there for everyone else, make sure you have someone that can be there for you too.

AVOID NEGATIVE NEWS

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I almost can’t tell you how dreadful it is to turn on the news and see negative things – It’s not only depressing but discouraging. Not to be naïve’ to the news or the things that are currently going on in the world today but there are times when you need a break. That’s when I turn on some positive tunes on the radio or pop in a CD and sing. Reading positive things and/or positive quotes are also re-chargers to having a positive day.

 DON’T CHANGE YOUR STRIPES

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If you are a naturally positive person, don’t change who you are all because someone else chose to not turn their light on and have a bad day. Everyone is not going to be positive and smile like you do, but that shouldn’t stop you from being who you are when you change to accommodate a negative energy it makes you negative. People are People and everyone is definitely different – But don’t allow their difference to keep you from making a positive difference in your life and the world.

8iEbknAyTIt’s not easy sometimes to maintain a positive disposition in a negative world; but if you keep your focus and remain true to yourself, you will have a light that will continue to shine inside of you and just may serve as the source for helping to turn someone else’s on too.

 

“LOOK UP, LOOK AROUND AND LOOK WITHIN, BECAUSE THERE REALLY IS POSITIVITY IN EVERYTHING” – BY YOURS TRULY

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Sadly, bullying continues to plague our society, especially our children. This book shows the effects of bullying in one school and even offers a glimpse into the life of the bully. It reminds us that our behaviors have consequences and that with God we are strong. It also reminds us that God loves us, wants us to love each other and is willing to forgive us when we don’t treat others with love. The story could serve as a great conversation starter for parents to talk to their children about bullying—how/why not to be a bully and what to do if they are on the receiving end of such behavior. At the end of the book, there is a list of resources, as well as a beautiful prayer for the bullies, the bullied and the families of those impacted by bullying.

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I Bet You Didn’t Know This! – October is FULL of IT!

Okay, so now that I got your attention….hehe hehe

Do you know what the month of October is???

Just Guess…

Take your time…

I’ll just fumble around a little…

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So enough of that! – Did you know that October is the National month of

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Yes, that’s a blank space because this month has 116 National holidays or months of something. And yes, I counted – don’t believe me? Check it out here:

October’s Monthly National Observations 

I was sitting, trying to figure out what to write for the month and I was like – let me see what holiday is coming up for October and BA-WOW!!! (That’s a made up word..lol) I was so shocked?? Like, just to name a few –

  • Spinach Lovers Month (Who Knew??)
  • Wishbones for Pets
  • Positive Attitude Month
  • National Ergonomics Month
  • National Cookbook Month
  • Eat Better, Eat Together Month
  • Class Reunion Month (Seriously??)
  • National, I’m Just Me Because Month (Yes, this is true!)

And of course, there are tons more – sooooo, if you’re stumped for something to write up this month – I’m sure you’ll find something interesting in Octobers month of oohs, ahh’s and oh really??? observances. You can thank me later…wink.

So, in going through the list – I found a couple of things that stuck out to me that I would like to talk about over the next couple of Thursdays (can you guess what they might be??) I actually have two for sure – the third one, I just may surprise you – it’ll be a surprise for me too. Last year this time, I took a stab at cooking – yes – I sure did!! It was a long shot but it was October and I had pumpkin fever, so heyyy….I got into the mood…

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so much so I was offering a 25.00 gift card to anyone that actually made either of the simple recipes – but no one took the bait…lol. If you would like to check out my cooking/none skillz then check out this post – it has a link to every recipe made >>>>>>>>  Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice! It’s Time for the Great Pumpkin!

Enjoy reading up on October’s National month of – I forgot to mention that I like how they have the topics highlighted, because it gives you an idea of where the “national or month of” originated from – In which you should take a look at National I’m Just Me Because Month – the meaning behind it, was very special.

See Ya Around… 

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“Look Up, Look Around and Look Within, Because there really is positivity in EVERYthing” – By Yours Truly

 

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Here’s another review from an author/publisher in the U.K. 

“I was captivated from the very first sentence of the book all the way to the very end. I was eager to see where the story was going. As I continued reading, I thought about my 12 year old daughter also reading and enjoying the book. Therefore, I cannot imagine a child of elementary school age who wouldn’t love reading the book too. The moral behind the story is really how children should and shouldn’t handle such serious issue – one which drastically affects lives. I love how the quietest and most unassuming child turned out to be the hero of the story – highlighting that two wrongs DO NOT make a right! What I really loved is the spin on the story from a faith-based perspective. It is a very well written book which I thoroughly enjoyed as it was very easy to read and understand. I look forward to reading more books like this by the author, Roshonda”.

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Q&A: Okay, So How “MAY” I Help You…

OMGosh!!! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, where has the TIME GONE! First there was January, then there was MAY! I can’t say I even remember too much about the months in between. Anywho, I hope you’re having a great day and hopefully the weather is sunny and warm where you are because it’s definitely been a LONGGGGGGGGG Winter, so long until it overlapped into Spring!

While I feel as though Spring is just beginning, usually the spring season brings on new ideas, it’s a time in which we can clean up the cobwebs of winter and make everything airy and decluttered and while I still have that on my to-do list to complete in my own house – I have to say, that I’m suffering from a big brain cobweb. Yep! the ideas of what to post about for this month, seemed to skip past me like the mailman does when I’m looking for a check, instead of a nagging bill.

You know?, I’ve been blogging for 3yrs now and I have to say – when I first started, I had no idea as to what I was going to talk about, it was like this blank canvas was in front of me and I had to find some way of coloring it. I was so nervous, “What have I just done?” I asked myself, right after I got the message “Your Blog JustsumInspiration is up and ready! “Oh No!!….what seemed like a good idea, now had my mouth filled with cotton balls. But, Thank God – topics, situations and life events all flooded my mind within that first month and has never stopped until NOW. Sooo, you might be wondering…Okay, Ro – so what are getting at……

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            I NEED TOPICSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

Do you have any??? – I know Mother’s Day week is next week and I believe I have about two rabbits in my hat that I can pull off a couple of tricks with, but after that – I DON’T KNOW, YIKESSSS!

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So, that’s where you come in at – I know for the past three years, I’ve been doing a lot of talking and kind of testing the waters with life experiences and certain topics and that’s been great, but now I have to ask you – Is there a Particular topic you would like for me to talk about? (Anything but Politics, because I’m just not that clever or knowledgeable on the subject) however; everything else is up for grabs.

I want to know what you would like to see featured on the Blog – Do you have a burning question or are you puzzled about something and need some advice? Is there a subject matter you hadn’t seen me talk about and you want me to talk about it? Just let me know!!….I’m here to serve you. It can be topics about me, about you, life, God or whatever. I’m not claiming to know EVERYTHING in the world, but I’ve been through quite a bit of things and can maybe offer some insight. Would you like more short stories?, I had a blogger (Driftyness) to state that she liked the short story posts and would like to see more of those and because of that request, I decided at the end of each month – I would post an original short story that was written by me!

So, this month – the ball is in your court. Let me me know what you’d like to talk about and I’ll see what I can “cook up” in this brain of mine.

State your topic of interest in the comments! I’ll be patiently waiting….

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If you submit a topic, I’ll be sure to give you a shout out at the beginning of the post. If you’re not a blogger but a visitor – then please send your email address to justsuminspiration@gmail.com and I’ll email you when your post is about to be featured. If you’re a blogger, I’ll also give you a shout out with a link to your blog so people can visit your site or social media site. (Hey, we’re helpers one to another – right? =) 

 

Roshonda N. Blackmon – Creator of A Blog, A Magazine. It’s JustsumInspiration, Author, Speaker & Encourager

 

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