I am a huge Norman Vincent Peale fan. Back in the olden days… I guess when I was about 23 or so (ca. early-ish ’90s)… I was in the process of “finding” myself, doing a little soul searching as a lot of us do around that time in our life, and I ran across Norman Vincent Peale’s book, “The Power of Positive Thinking.” It changed my whole perspective on life. I should say I changed my whole perspective on life after reading that book.
Dr. Peale states that if you practice positivity daily then it becomes a habit, second nature, a way of living. And he was right. I have become that annoying eternal optimist who refuses to acknowledge negatives or give them the power they so desire. There’s always a bright side… there’s always a reason you are where you are… things happen for a reason, accept it and move on… it’s all in how you view things. Some may consider this as being “naive,” “unrealistic,” “impractical,” “romantic,” whatever. Call it what you like, but it’s how I choose to live my life, and I personally would much rather be around a person who looks at life as a good thing and a blessing as opposed to a person who wallows in self pity day in and day out. Don’t get me wrong… we all have our downer days as that’s just life, but I’m pretty certain that 98% of my days are spent being happy and thankful for everything that I have and everything that I am.
That being said, I have been challenged by Kristy at Palatable Adventures to the 3-day quote challenge. Thank you Kristy! I get so much inspiration from quotes and sayings, even turning some into a run mantra when I’m out on the trail.
Rules: Post 1-3 quotes for 3 consecutive days, nominating 3 fellow bloggers to do the same.
For today, I’d like to nominate the following bloggers. Please don’t feel obligated to participate… it’s just nice being able to give you a shout-out to let you know I appreciate you and your blog.
Life is what you make it, friends, so make it a good one.