By June Headley-Greenlaw
This blog may start out dark but stick with me. I see so many people allowing negativity to consume them. However, I’ve also been blessed to witness people going through devastating times and maintaining positivity throughout. I wanted to use this blog to encourage readers to seriously consider their circumstances and what alternatives could be.
Do you have a child that has never and will never be able to walk or talk or feed themselves or give you a hug? I am blessed not to have encountered this in my life, but I have a cousin that has experienced this for 22 years with her son. She could have chosen to put him into a long-term care facility, but she did not. Her son is front and center in her life daily and she still finds ways to enjoy life and smile. She inspires me!
Do you have cancer or are you watching someone in your family suffer from this devastating disease? I am blessed to have avoided this diagnosis, but I have known many people fighting through this challenge. Some lost their battle and others are still in the fight. I have learned so much from the people facing this struggle as well as the people that have cared for them. They have all inspired me!
Are you homeless or jobless or worried about where your next meal will come from? I am blessed not to be in these situations, but I have met people that have been in all of them. When I taught U101 at the University, I used to do a group community service day with all my students each semester. We would visit places like the Salvation Army where homeless people could stay for a night or get a hot meal. We did projects like painting rooms, serving food, etc. We would always end our day with someone who was dependent on those services telling us their story. Those people inspired me!
My point in mentioning all of these things is to ask you to think about all of these people and their situations as you go through your daily life. Try not to allow yourself to get mired in negativity, but instead, tell yourself that there are many people going through much tougher times, and count your blessings.
I hope that most people who know me would say I’m a pretty positive person. I tell myself I’m only limited by my willingness to work toward what I want or need in life and I play that on loop in my head always. I take responsibility for my actions, and I understand that I am where I am each day only because of the choices I have made. Well, that’s mostly the case. There was never a chance of me playing professional basketball at 5 feet nothing! I pray daily for those less fortunate and I thank God for all that He has given me.
I have found that a positive attitude can carry you through anything. It may not make the outcome of your challenge what you hoped, but it may keep you from sinking into the doldrums of depression. Give it a try. Remember, your track record for getting through tough times is 100% so far.