So Friday is typically the best day of the week. But after your week just felt like a marathon, the thought of pushing through one last day of work can be extremely unappealing. Yesterday, Thursday, I exuded every ounce of focus I had and every amount of energy to work for a total of 12 hours straight and make significant progress on a project I am working on. After I finally left my office at 10:00 pm I ordered cookies, and ice cream and treated myself to a movie. This resulted in my staying up until 1:00 am, way past my bed time. So when my 7:00 alarm went off this morning to wake up to do my devotion, go workout, and eat a healthy breakfast I slept right through it and woke up to my 9:00 alarm.
Now usually I would beat myself up about this but today I decided that I was going to have a good day regardless of how yesterday went and regardless of how my day started. I woke up late, accepted the fact that I was most likely going to be late to work and I went on about my day. I took my time getting ready, did my hair, put some make up on, and put on a nice dress that I feel comfortable in yet also feel fabulous in.
Today I declared that no negative thing was going to ruin my Friday. I declared that today would be a great day, and that I would work my butt off and then enjoy my weekend to the fullest. This morning I understood how important it was to treat myself well. In a world full of negative vibes, negative stereotypes, and negative experiences it is so important that we radiate positivity into our own lives. If we live life expecting the world to give us the positivity that we need to feel good and have a good day we will be let down significantly. Not everything will be perfect and not everything will go as planned, but that does not mean that we should lose our joy. Each day that God wakes us up in the morning is another day that there is a purpose for our lives. We cannot let this world or own shortcomings take away from the joy that God desires for us to experience. Positive vibes only.
When negative things happen, what is the positive? Negative: I didn’t wake up at 7:00 today. Positive: I got 2 extra hours of sleep. Negative: I didn’t work out this morning. Positive: I get a day to rest my sore muscles. Negative: I didn’t spend quiet time with God this morning. Positive: I get to fight this world to spend more time with God throughout the day, thus increasing my dedication. Negative: I didn’t eat a healthy breakfast. Positive: I get to eat 2 cookies and Panera first thing in the morning. Negative: I got to work late. Positive: I kept my peace and sanity by not rushing myself.
My day could have gone two drastically different ways today but I chose to dwell in the positivity that surrounded me. But the best is yet to come. Maintaining positive vibes does not only mean looking at past events in a positive way or finding the positivity in my present, but it also mean looking positively into my future. I do not foresee anything negative today. I look into my future and I see joy peace and happiness. I am setting out to put forth the best project that I can, to have an incredibly delicious lunch, and to enjoy this beautiful day that God created. So although this week has felt like a marathon and I am in the most tiresome leg, instead of focusing on how tired and exhausted I am, I am focusing on the fact that as soon as I cross that finish line I will be finished running and I will get a nice refreshing bottle of ice cold water. And you know what, you typically feel better after the marathon than you did before it started, so all is well.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangle. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV
Do not let the negativity of this world or your own personal shortcomings weigh you down. We have to focus on the positive, we have to focus on the joy that lies ahead so that we may power through the things that this life throws at us. Life isn’t easy and it isn’t always fun but it sure is worth it. What is your reward that is waiting for you at the end of your race? What are those positive things and experiences that you can focus on to help you over the hurdles of life?
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praise worthy – think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 NIV
AKA Positive Vibes Only. Summed up, my positive vibes for today are living right, looking good, and feeling better. What are your positive vibes?
If your life puts a smile on your face you’re in a positive place, – Heather