This was something I originally wrote on June 24th, 2010. When your own words have the power to shift you even years later that is something amazing!
Here is what I wrote:
I recently haven't been as happy as I usually am. Probably largely to do with my new job. I quickly found myself lost and caught up in a world full of problems, wish-wash answers, drama, lies and stress. All these things can drive a person crazy and mad. No one likes dealing with problems, drama, stress, ect. So I asked myself why? Why am I letting this all get to me and turn me into a person I don't like very much. A person who cares to much about what other people think, a person who feels like they need to prove something. Then I remembered, it doesn't matter. What matters is that I'm happy with what I'm doing, that I feel good about myself and that I'm proud of what I'm doing with my life. It's so easy to let someone else tell you what to think, how to feel or what to do. The hard part is doing what you feel is right, what you feel like you should do. In this world of he said/she said, pointing of fingers and labels it can be so hard sometimes to remember the truth behind it all. And that is that it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter if someone thinks you're a huge loser, that you're not intelligent enough or that you wear the wrong clothes. If you have friends that think you're plenty cool enough, have the craziest style and tell the funniest jokes then that's what you should focus on, not the nay sayers. The nay sayers just have nothing better to do than to try and make other people feel like crap and that really sucks, because I'm sure if they tried it the other way around and were super nice instead, they would find that a lot more people would react in a possitive way. Too bad not everyone can be nice and awesome, right? I guess what I'm trying to say is don't give recognition to the bad things because that just gives them more power to continue. Remember that the most important opinion is your own because in the long run it's your life and no one else's. Wouldn't you rather spend the time making YOU happy instead of someone else?
Tips to help you achieve this:
Focus on the good parts, not the bad ones.
Keep a journal of the things you are thankful for on a daily basis to remind yourself of the good things in life. (I do this before I go to bed so I can always go to bed with a possitive thought.)
Eat breakfast! Studies have linked healthy breakfasts with less chronic disease, increased longevity and better health. Starting your day with a good breakfast boosts your energy, increases your attention span, and heightens your sense of well-being. You’ll be in better control of your emotions.
Be extra nice to people who aren't nice to you. I know this one is hard but in the long run it works and this way you will keep them at a distance. A negative persons worst nightmare is someone who is sickeningly nice so they will try to avoid you at all cost, thus less negative people around you to bring you down.
And lastly, smile and laugh every chance you get. Why? Because you can and it makes you feel good.
I'm glad I woke myself up out of my funk and I hope my words can do the same for someone else.