L3: Open up to Optimism

From time to time, I lose sight of the perfection inside and all around me. We are constantly bombarded with negative words and images that can sap the strength out of even the most resilient people. Yet, we are surrounded by goodness, beauty, and love – if we only look for it and allow it to soak into our souls.

Negativity is like a cancer that exponentially grows and spreads. Unlike cancer, it is a disease that is extremely contagious; its afterlife is highly contaminated and dangerous.

Fire is a destructive force that extinguishes both natural and built objects – even people. Yet, it is also part of a natural cleansing process that can be beneficial, even essential. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus thought that fire defined the ongoing process of all life. Destruction can lead to renewal; devastation can help us envision hope. Like other refuse, negativity can be composted. Mix it up with love, compassion, and forgiveness and the negativity you absorb will serve as fertilizer for many beautify flowers in the world.

When things are bleak and you feel down, envision the alternative. Take small, manageable steps toward that vision and notice how good you feel as you move in that direction slowly but surely. Recognize your fears, uncertainties, and other constraints and allow good to flow through you and all you do. Stay focused on solutions. Recognize any mistakes that were made and correct them so it doesn’t happen again.

Dream as big as the wide open sky. See the potential for change in every problem. Radiate positive vibes as you go through the day. Open up to the possibilities of the universe – not just for you, but for all people. Encourage others to move through their negativity, a natural response to our seemingly tumultuous world, toward light and love.

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