At about hour two into our most recent road trip, the music began to all sound the same and left us looking for a change. So, we reached into our favorite back up entertainment of TED talks. Now if you have never listened to any TED talks you are missing out! TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks are under 18 minutes apiece and discuss mainstream social topics such as human trafficking and child marriage, to modern street art, academics and health related topics like the history of pain relief. Over the years there have been many famous presenters including: Bill Clinton, Bono, Bill Gates and more. The BEST part is that they are free, easily searchable and playable and listening to them can be addictive.
On this particular road trip we started with Bert Jacobs, the CEO and co-creator of the Life is Good brand.
His message, wrapped up in a nice 18 minute package, was easy, viewing life as positive makes it better. Now, whether you are telling yourself that in hopes of tricking yourself into believing it or of convincing others, the overall the message of optimism is clear. Jacob’s message really resonates with me. All during my treatments the past year, staying positive was a bit of a struggle, but hugely important to both my mental health as well as the success of the treatment. Now life feels… good, even the mundane task of packing lunch for my daughter makes me happy. I am happy to be here, to be present in the moment, and enjoying life every breath of the day.
I’ll admit, sometimes I have to force the positive thoughts, but once you start taking situations and looking for the positive in them it gets easier. For example, instead of thinking that I have to work harder to get back in shape, I view my workouts as bonus miles with my daughter A and boyfriend. Even A has learned this positive approach. As soon as we start out our run she is anticipating our stop at the playground. Every morning when we step outside on our way to school and work she boldly announces “Hello World!” Imagine if we could all embrace starting off each day with excitement and with positivity flowing through our veins. Would we be able to achieve more, be stronger, have more of an impact on those around us? Maybe. So I challenge everyone to accept the positivity challenge. Embrace and view the exhausting, mundane tasks as a positive and notice the impact it has on you, the people around you, and the world in which we live.
Who do you choose to be?
“Pessimism is destructive. Realism lacks imagination. Optimism inspires and opens doors.” ~Bert Jacobs
I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand
Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
Life is good today Life is good today
~Toes by Zac Brown Band
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