I try and imagine what our world would look like if more people, men and women, started their day with a spirit like hers? I am not sure if we all need to jump up onto our bathroom counters and do a little jig every morning (can you picture this...I know it would be an entertaining site in my home)!
There are days that no matter what I try to do to lift my spirits, I just need to be an energy sucker. The key for me, is NOT to move into "Glumville" and become a permanent resident there.
A few months ago, I was having a chat with one of my sons about baseball, as he was trying to improve his techniques and success when swinging at the plate. I asked him to pretend to step up to the plate like he was going to hit a ball. He just rolled his eyes and probably thought...what is she going to have me do now! My kids have learned to just go with it because I seem to have a persistent quality (putting it in friendly terms) when I am trying to make a point and be heard.
He gave me a look and I nodded my head for him to continue. As he was doing this, I asked him what he was thinking at that very moment. He thought for a while and I asked if it was good thoughts or negative thoughts. He finally said, I just keep thinking about past times when I was up to hit and I struck out. I looked at him and said, then that is exactly what you will do...strike out. I explained that whatever you are thinking, your thoughts, your feelings, your self-talk have a strong impact on how things will turn out. I told him to do this again but invision himself connecting with the ball and smacking it with everything he had. He tried the experiment again, without even rolling his eyes. Then he tried it with an actual ball...and he connected and hit it! The next time he had an actual game, he looked over at me, his eyes met mine and I mouthed the words
"YOU CAN DO IT"....and he did.