falling off of a cliff

one interesting thing about living a positive and more rewarding life, and one you should be prepared to face once you venture on this path is challenges. Ironicly I am not speaking of lifes challenges to your positive spirit, although there is sure to be some of those, but people challenging the validity of being positive. At first this made no sense to me. Why would anyone not like a positive person? What is wrong with trying to live a life that is not only more self satisfying, but rewarding to others as well? We shall look to answer those questions and more in a future post, but I want to share with you an example of just such a situation that a coworker approached me with the other day. “what good is a positive attitude if it doesn’t change anything?” she asked me. “What do you mean?” the example she gave me seemed to shed light on one person’s view on the world. “Well, if a negative person and a positive person both fall off a cliff, will they not both hit the ground and die no matter what kind of attitude they have?” This is a good question. I think the answer may be found in the ‘life to years and not years to life’ paradigm. While it is true a positive attitude sure can help your longevity, my goal is to help you enjoy whatever time you have here, be it long or short. So what was the answer I gave this lady? Before I answer that, let me remind you of a very important lesson. People who disagree, challenge and maybe even mock or dislike you for trying to better yourself are more a reflection of themselves then of you. I know this thought may not help in the moment, but always look for the lesson. Are they forcing you to look at things a new way? Are they showing you why it is important to maintain a cherry disposition? Either way, be grateful for they are teachers wether they know it or not. My answer by the way, “Yes, they both will die, but who do you think will have more fun on the way down?” So remember, it is important to have fun every day, you never know what cliff may be around the corner!

4 thoughts on “falling off of a cliff

  1. Two frogs fell into a deep cream bowl,
    One was an optimistic soul;
    But the other took the gloomy view,
    “I shall drown,” he cried, “and so will you.”

    So with a last despairing cry,
    He closed his eyes and said, “Good-bye.”
    But the other frog, with a merry grin
    Said, “I can’t get out, but I won’t give in!

    I’ll swim around till my strength is spent.
    For having tried, I’ll die content.”
    Bravely he swam until it would seem
    His struggles began to churn the cream.

    On the top of the butter at last he stopped
    And out of the bowl he happily hopped.
    What is the moral? It’s easily found.
    If you can’t get out — keep swimming around!

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