Having learned by sharing on-line this long, I finally bumped into a group of people who are so positive, I couldn’t help but being transformed by their energy.
They help me realizing that life has its ups and downs but it is not a wise choice to be grumpy and keep on complaining about this and that.
How are they doing it? By taking one picture each day of the year – Polaroid pictures – and share it on-line with the story on a blog post. It looks like a simple but very challenging commitment to do that all year long. I do like the reason behind it though.
The main point is to be grateful!
My first reaction was: Impossible! That was because I know that life is full of challenges and I believed that looking only at the positive sides is a form of self-denial. However, after getting to know this group, I realized one thing. If I could choose, I would rather look back at my past and smile at the good things in my life than the other way around!
I haven’t joined them yet but I did tell myself in the beginning of this year to stay positive by writing positive blogs no matter what happen! Why THIS year? Because it is the beginning of a new decade and I so want it to do it the right way. I owe it to my parents for all the sacrifices they have done for me. Not to mention my grandparents and so on and so forth!
But boy, don’t I just feel like yapping sometimes because there were days when all I want to do was writing a long and winding rant! I know it makes the people who read my posts here and there a bit at a loss. As the results, they did all the rant for me in the comment sections! I feel hopeless sometimes because I don’t know whether to laugh or cry looking at all that!
It’s so easy to give in then go back to the old habit but I remember what I read about ‘happiness’. That it is a choice and it is also something we can share at no cost! Later, like any other good things we share, it will come back to us in folds. So it is infectious in a good way!! Even when we feel discouraged, the best way to recover is by encouraging others!
Allow me to give a life example. The picture above was taken during a birthday celebration of one of my cousins, T, in 2008. We had a sunset dinner at a restaurant right by the sea back home. We had so much fun enjoying the meals, talking and taking pictures. 40 days ago, T’s brother died. Instead of looking back in tears, I decided to remember the good times and be grateful.
Yes, 365 days a year is enough for me.
What about you?