I’m all about having a good time, especially with family and friends; but life is short and much needs to be done before my legacy is fully written. I’ve always found it hard to sit still and walk slowly. I’d rather run fast, do as many things, help as many people, and accomplish as much as possible. It has nothing to do with an adrenaline rush (definitely not the adventurous type in that regard), but I enjoy pushing myself to go as long as I physically and mentally can before exhaustion hits and I crash and burn on my pillow each night – or morning. It’s the way my father and brother are both wired, too, which probably explains a lot, in terms of how our family operates.
As someone who prefers “to do” and to help and take action, I’ve never had patience for anyone with a negative attitude or anyone who says hurtful things or prefers to cast stones without being willing to step into the ring and actively become a part of the solution. Don’t get me wrong, I run across negativity every single day and still remember many of the painful stones that have been cast my way; but the older I get the more I realize I don’t just have the ability to passively ignore the negativity, I can fight back and drive it away, as well.
Earlier this week, our younger son came home from school dejected. Turns out that a couple of older kids on his school bus were being mean and hurt his feelings. It was a teachable moment on how to handle negativity and how to not let it discourage or distract him; or let it ruin his day. There is so much negativity around that we ALL will face it and face much of it. It can discourage us from reaching our full potential in life and from wanting to get involved in our community to help others and make a difference, too.
It’s a shame how much other people’s words can impact on us, but it can also be a blessing. Once you start seeing yourself as a “doer,” as someone who takes action and is focused on helping others and improving our community, it empowers you to drive negativity out of your life and to surround yourself with others who likewise take action and lift each other with positive energy. So, take a close look at who you are spending time with and realize you have the power to make a difference in your own life, in the lives of others, and in our great city, nation and world, as well.