You know, there are so many people in this world who live very depressed lives. When things don’t go the way they plan, it gives them a great excuse to complain. And the fact that we have social media nowadays, only adds fuel to their already massive fire. Vague status’s such as “I can’t believe he did that!” or “Why did this have to happen to me?”are simply screaming, “Hey come feed off my negative drama.”
One of the great things I love about your mom is that, for one, she never liked using social media for drama. And two, she always liked to look at the glass half full. Nothing ever seems to get her down. And even if something does, it would never keep her down for long.
A few years ago she created this new simple rule that you will probably know very well by the time you are old enough to read these letters, and it goes something like this. Every time you state a negative statement such as, “That food tasted awful!”, or “This homework sucks!”, or “Everybody hates me!”, you would then have to immediately respond with two positives on the same subject matter. So for the example, “That food tasted awful,” you might say, “But I’m lucky to have such a wonderful, mother who is willing to cook for me,” and “At least I’m not having to eat out of a garbage can!”
By following this simple rule, you take what could have turned an entire evening into a downward spiral, and send it soaring back up to that silver lining, we all should be looking for.