Late last night when my pregnant self should have been tucked in bed and sound asleep, I was on the phone with Sprint. Our cell service is through Sprint and although I would not recommend them to anyone, we are under contract–so with them we shall remain. We had a few unexpected charges on our bill along with a few activation fees I wanted to get waived, so I started my journey into convincing them to pity our souls. My husband always makes me do these kind of calls because I have a high record of success, but last night proved not to be so. With each “no” I tried to stay positive and use a different approach. An hour later I was absolutely no where, extremely tired and wishing I could punch the wall…or something. I lost all desire to stay positive as it finally became obvious that I had not won this battle with Mr. I-will-not-budge-even-if-your-house-is-on-fire-and-you-have-nothing-to-eat. Okay, okay…I get it…a cell phone bill is nothing to get worked up over. But I did. And then as I hopped into bed 2 hours later than initially planned, my immature 5-year old attitude said, “how poopy!”
And then the following story that I heard long ago popped into my head with no permission at all and reminded me not to take life too seriously (If you know where it originates from, I'd love a link)!
Once there was a set of twin girls. They were young and youthful (wait…I think those words mean the same thing)? Anyway, they were young, let's say 7 years old. It was Christmas morning and they came running down the stairs just excited and giddy as can be. They ran to the Christmas tree and found one single Christmas present, wrapped in brown paper packaging with their name on it. They ripped off the packaging just as quickly as their fingers would allow, and opened their plain brown box. Inside was a pile of POOP. The first twin threw the box to the floor and began to throw a tearful fit. “I KNEW I wouldn't get anything good for Christmas,” she screamed. The crying and the sobbing continued; however, the 2nd twin's response was quite different. Her eyes beamed with delight and she began to jump up and down with excitement. “Yes! POOP! That' means there HAS TO BE a Pony here somewhere!”
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Kind of a silly story, but I'm in a silly mood. So next time life is feeling “poopy,” I hope this story pops into your head (with no permission at all) and motivates you to stay positive anxiously be on the look-out for your pony!
Remember to laugh, and don't let yourself get too “worked up” about things:
I'm pretty sure the 2nd twin was more like this girl:
(yes, we've all seen this one already, but it just doesn't get old!)
How to Stay Positive:
- First, ask yourself some questions. I found the following checklist from an article titled, “Laughter is the Best Medicine“
- 2nd, Find a reason to laugh. Laughter is so incredibly good for your health: physically, mentally and socially. Read the comics, call a friend, replay a funny story in your mind, or goof off with your children. I find that if I attempt to make my toddler break out into a fit of giggles, it is an instant cure for anything! If all of those fail, try a youtube video. There's bound to be one that will put you in a fit of laughter. I saw this one on Facebook the other day and it had me giggling like a little girl. Whatever you need to do, find a way to laugh.
- 3rd, count your blessings. The literal act of thinking about and writing down your blessings has a significant effect upon mood because we are focusing our mind upon the good things in our life.
- 4th. Don't take yourself too seriously. Force yourself to grin as big as you can, and even though it is forced you will find that it feels good. Think back to embarrassing moments or other times that you took yourself too seriously and just laugh at yourself.
- My absolutely favorite advice that I read in the article “Laughter is the Best Medicine,” was: “Pay attention to children and emulate them. They are the experts on playing, taking life lightly, and laughing.” So true!
I saw this Quote the other Day and Loved it! “Believe There is Good in the World!” Perfect!
What Do You Do to Stay Positive on “Poopy” Days?