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An Upbeat Song

8 Jan

Time Mag

I’m part of a Jon Acuff group called 30 Days of Hustle.  In this group, we receive assignments to help us accomplish our goals.  My goal for 2014 is to become more positive in my thought life and my approach to life.  Our assignment today was to write a Time magazine article about our life after we accomplished our goal.  This is my entry. I hope you enjoy!

An Upbeat Song

With her infectious smile and hearty laugh, Song sits down with me at her favorite coffee shop.  We talk freely for a few moments, and it only takes that long for me to realize this is a woman who loves life. She wears her smile like a uniform.  I ask her how she stays so upbeat.  Her answer surprised me.

“Practice.  It took me practice to be the bright, cheery person you see before you. At one time, I was utterly depressed, and as Mindy Kaling once wrote, tedious.  I was on anti-depressants and saw a counselor regularly. I was almost to the point of suicidal. I was completely unhappy with myself and the state of my life.  In 2014, I decided for my New Year’s resolution that I would try to become more positive. I posted notes everywhere, reminding myself to think positive. I began to read comedic authors to provide some light-hearted moments.  And most importantly, I focused my journal entries on positivity.  My journaling focused on the three T’s: Thanksgiving, Truth, and Traits. Each day, I wrote five things I was thankful for, three biblical truths about what God says about me, and five positive traits that I have. By the end of 2014, I felt totally different about life and myself.  It trained my brain!  I still practice this regularly, although not every day.  I keep polishing away at what the year 2014 did for me.  Heck, I was actually able to stop taking the anti-depressants.  Hallelujah!

The first fortune cookie I opened in 2014 spoke to me, and I would like to share that with you. “If the world seems cold, kindle a fire to warm it.”  My world seemed cold, and I needed to warm that fire.  The 2014 journal experiment did just that. My heart and mind were warmed to just what a wonderful blessing this life is! Now, I’m on fire!

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