San Antonio.- It’s easier to hold someone down than it is to raise them up. It is easier to destroy something, than it is to build it and create it. It is easier to critique and insult than to praise and support.
And, definitely, it is far easier to doubt than it is to have faith. This is the reality of the times we live in, and the reality of what billions of people before us have lived through and have dealt with. Negative people exist; they always have, and always will.
Luckily, for us, there are just as many positive people too though. People always ask me, “Why are you always so positive? How can you keep that up?” Well, it’s not easy. Believe me; even some of my good friends have been negative about my positivity. It sounds funny but it’s true! Over the years, I have often been insulted and criticized over my attempt to be positive, over my philosophies, and even over my love for motivational quotes.
Some have called me “fake,” or “not genuine.” Often, and surprisingly, these have been some of the people closest to me. Does that stop me? No. Why would it? I have never and will never allow someone’s bitter view of the world, to affect mine. It reminds me of what the great Dale Carnegie once said, “Two men looked out from prison bars: One saw mud, the other saw stars.” Well, I choose to see the stars.
Being positive is not something you do or you try. It’s more than that. It’s a way of being and thinking. It’s the realization of good thoughts placed into action. Being positive is truly a way of life. It’s a mechanism we all have within us. Some call it hope. Others call it faith. It’s a belief in yourself, in others, and in the greater good that exists around us.
No, being positive will not stop bad things from happening to you or your loved ones. Honestly, that’s not what being a positive person is about anyhow. Expecting great things in your life just because you are positive is counteractive to the true meaning of the philosophy. Being positive and helping others become positive is the reward; with nothing else expected in return. Put it this way: Being positive may not always help you in any given situation. But you can bet it will never hurt you either.
So, what’s my personal motivation? Being positive, to me, is teaching others that the positive view of life surely beats the alternative. It’s about showing others how to have faith in the inner strength they already possess, no matter how hidden. It’s not about avoiding the bad that may come their way. Rather, it’s about learning to react and act in a positive manner when bad or sad events do unfold in our lives. Being positive is a state of mind.
It’s a lifestyle that takes courage, determination, and a complete loyalty to the belief that goodness will always overcome negativity in this world. Trust me, it’s not an easy path. It’s not for everyone, that’s for sure. Still, it’s one of the best things you can do with your life; for your sanity and for that of others. When you are positive about yourself, you immediately become positive about others.
When you are positive about helping yourself, you suddenly get the urge to help others too. In the end, I am positive about how I feel about negativity: It’s just not for me. I would rather live a life filled with hope than one of constant bitterness towards the world.
I would rather believe that my goodness will help humanity instead of going through life just looking out for myself. Will being positive actually help me in the long run? Will it bring me good fortune? Will it bring me riches and opportunities? Honestly, who cares? All I know is that it feels great, and that is the only reward I need.