It’s 5:28 a.m. and I’ve been up for about an hour. I just finished writing a new installment on my fiction blog and the sun has started to cast its grey early morning shadows on a new day. Wednesday. Mid-week and it will be a busy day. Wait, perhaps I should rephrase that; it sounds too dark and I don’t mean it that way. It’s going to be an eventful day, an exciting day, a day full of opportunity and discovery, by even the most conservative estimation; it ought to be a good day.
It helps to go into it that way. An exceptional pot of coffee doesn’t hurt either. Sometimes it just comes out that way. I use the same “recipe,” the exact same procedure everyday, yet some days it’s better than good – it’s great. So is it the magic coffee that has set up the positive outlook? Indeed, perhaps the glass is half full… of coffee! Ok, I’ll quit deluding myself; all will not be smooth sailing today. If I am to be totally honest, I must acknowledge everything – I can’t possibly be this happy. Time to get real.
Real what? Real miserable? Not on your life! Here’s the deal, the keys to the kingdom, the magic, the stuff, the juice, the happy pills, the – whatever: Why would I want to bring this optimism crashing down? I am not deluding myself – I acknowledge that there will be challenges today. Personally, locally, nationally and globally there are issues that need attention. Today (which is all I’ve got anyway) gives me the opportunity to address these issues. If I feel that there is no hope, if I am negative right out of the gate, if all I see are problems and no solutions – then I might as well go back to bed… forever.
Negativity is a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you want everything to turn to mud, believe it will and it’s guaranteed. There is no chance for success without the belief that it is possible. And anything is possible. Look, I am not unique. Everyone has had and will have challenges to face. Everyone has experienced success and has prevailed over situations that looked completely hopeless going in. Often there was no choice, it was do or die – and we didn’t die. I know I have faced some seemingly insurmountable obstacles and I know of others that have faced even worse – and conquered them.
So when viewed in the sunlight of the past, today ain’t nuttin’. Whatever is there, I’ll make it through. The known challenges and the surprises alike, I’m ready. I am not deluded, I am not in lala land and I am not “only fooling” myself. I know that whatever this day dishes out, I have the attitude that allows for success, not the one that guarantees defeat. Today already is a good day.