You know those perpetually happy people. The kind who look like they don't have a care in the world, every day they are always happy, upbeat and positive?
I have been asked this question a lot lately: "Billiejean, how do you stay so positive all the time? You always seem to be in such great spirits and full of energy. What's your secret?"
I always sort of freeze when asked this because I don't have any secret or special remedy that I can share. I was raised to believe that we all have aches, pains, fears and struggles but you don't need to walk around showing this every day. I am so thankful for having a strong, loving mother. I was taught you just get up, get dressed, put a smile on your face and work hard. You don't bother or bog down anyone unnecessarily and you don't have pity parties. (every once in a while it's allowed..lol).
So having said all that, I am no different than you. I don't naturally wake up smiling, doing jumping jacks all the way to the kitchen, skipping and singing. However, I will say I am a morning person and feel I am at my very best first thing. When I wake up I try to set the tone for the rest of the day.
I decide what kind of day I'm going to have.
I am not going to let my struggles from the previous day or the pain I deal with because of my illness dictate how my day will go. I will not allow myself to dwell on things that are out of my control. If I feel like I am struggling with this then I bring it up to GOD and I ask him to HELP me. He speaks through His Word:
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. ~Colossians 3:23
When you eat or drink or do anything else, always do it to honor God. ~1 Corinthians 10:31
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. ~Romans 8:28
Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. ~Ephesians 6:7
I don't put every little thought that I have in a post on Facebook and wait for all the replies and people who will be on my team. You know what I mean here. I pray to GOD and ask that I can keep my eyes and my heart focused on HIM . And I try to be a blessing to someone else every day. Helping others is the best medicine and a great mood booster.
This is why I LOVE being a Life Coach. People reach out from all over with ALL kinds of issues. And I am fortunate that they come to me. They want me to help and encourage them. It's such a cool thing. How could I not wake up every day and be excited to help them. Other than taking care of my wonderful family, helping others is my greatest blessing.
So let me just say this--no matter the struggle, the pain, the fear or concern you need to choose HAPPY! You need to know that it's okay to smile, it's okay to open those blinds and let the sun in, it's okay to reach out to strangers that might be going through what you are and share with them but also be looking for that light inside of them to help ignite.
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. - Matthew 5:13-16