Is it difficult to be positive?
This is a question many would respond to with a resounding “yes”. In fact, some people accept it as axiomatic that being positive is more difficult than being negative. I don’t think the question is as cut & dry as it appears.
Difficulty is as difficulty does
Consider the following question:Is it difficult to stay awake and have energy?
Well, it depends. Did you get any sleep the night before? Have you eaten anything? If so, did you eat foods that provide the body with energy?
Whether or not you find it difficult to stay awake and have energy varies with how you answer those questions.
If you slept for two hours, skipped out on breakfast, and ate only a candy bar for lunch, you will probably find it much easier to fall asleep than to stay awake. It has very little to do with will-power and much more to do with proper physical conditioning.
A similar principle is at work when it comes to being happy and thinking positive.
“Dig the well before you need the water”
Many people invest very little effort into their mental conditioning and are still surprised when the benefits of such conditioning are absent.
They allow themselves very little room for relaxation, spend almost no time reading or watching inspirational material, and frequently focus their attention around conversations, news reports, and television programs that generate fear and anxiety. This sort of mental diet makes it psychologically impossible to meet the challenges of daily life with any significant amount of inner resources.
How can there be water to draw in a time of need, when one has never taken the time to dig the well?
Last Thanksgiving’s dinner wont satisfy today’s hunger
Can you imagine someone saying the following:I don’t need to eat this week because I ate a huge meal last Thanksgiving!
Sounds odd, right? Yet, that’s exactly how we treat our spiritual and psychological health when we neglect our soul’s need for daily nourishment.
Being healthy, happy, & positive everyday is not difficult. It’s just as feasible as staying awake throughout the day when you’re at work. It only requires that you take care of your soul with the same level of consistency that you take care of your body.
Your happiness and health is worth whatever investment it takes. I encourage you to regularly make room in your life for activities that feed your soul. Don’t wait for a crisis. Take charge of your life and get on a steady diet of mental and spiritual health as soon as possible.
That’s my two cents.
What are your thoughts?