Today is going to be awesome. I choose that. Today is going to be awesome.
I had a big conversation with a friend yesterday about some really personal issues and it got me thinking about mental attitude and the positive benefit it can have on your life. There are so many things that have happened to me that I used to hold onto and that used to bury me in sadness.
It didn’t always happen. It would just slowly creep up on me like a storm. In 2007, I read a book called The Power of Now and it literally changed my life. How is that for an intro?! I have recommended this book to dozens of friends. Whether or not they took me up on my advice is another question to answer. But I know personally – in my heart – that a shift occurred after consuming this material.
Stuff happens, right? That’s life. I’m not special. I’m not unique. We all have demons and skeletons and scars and deep wounds that remind us of things that we wish we could forget. And I’m not saying we SHOULD forget…. but life has made us who we are today. I’m not sure I would be who I am if I didn’t walk the same path. I have gotten to the point where I can say that I am grateful for my life – all the bumps and downs. The cards that I’ve been dealt were actually a good hand because they brought me to today – three kids, loving husband, successful job, safe home. I can’t ask for anything else at this moment today – truly.
“Today is Going to be Awesome” Wasn’t Always My Choice
But this wasn’t always the case. Ten years ago, I lived a more clouded life. I lived an angry life. A sad life. A life of repeat – every moment of silence would suck me right into some terrible memory and I would become trapped in a negative emotion that was really hard to come out of.
The Power of Now taught me that it didn’t have to be that way. I had control of my thoughts and emotions and everything that has happened…. already happened. There’s no point suffering through it again because it’s over. Who can stop the pain? Me. It’s as simple as that. I had the power to keep myself in the now and to stop rewinding back into time. I never thought that was possible.
For many years, I wanted to get a tattoo on my wrist that read, “Just Look”. When I tell people this saying they never like it. LOL! But for me, it was a way to help me remind myself to stay present. If my mind ever started to pull me back to a negative space, all I would have to do is “just look” at my current life and get reminded that everything is beautiful and safe and filled with love.
Just look, Vera. Just look at all that you have. Isn’t it a wonderful thing?
I still want that tattoo by the way. It’s also not off the table.
So, getting back to the title of this post. The one reason why today is going to be awesome… is because you are going to will it so. We have to power to make any day be a great day. Clear your mind of all negative speak, open your eyes, and see all the wonders your life truly holds.