I said to me “self, today you have to be positive, because if you are not, it is not good for your health.”
Always thinking or being positive is sometimes very difficult. There is the thought that weakness can be provocative. Provocative can mean exciting or disturbing. I would rather think it means more of disturbing than exciting. Of course exciting can mean stimulating, arousing and invigorating.. Take your choice.
All of us always think we do not want to be weak. Weak is a symbol of being powerless or frail. Someone can be frail and still be powerful in their thoughts and ideas. Most of us really do not have power over many things like the weather, the government, the taxes we pay, getting ahead in a line that we were there first, not getting taken in a medical appointment on time, not getting through sometimes on the phone without pushing twelve buttons and when you find yourself talking to a live person; you are elated. Sometimes when I push buttons and then they finally say “you can go online to www. something to check this problem out,” I scream into the phone “let me talk to a live person.” Voila, there she or he appears and I am talking to a real person to solve my problem.
Dad was always positive even when things were wrong financially or in other aspects of his life. He always believed tomorrow would be better than today and the future even better than that. He was a very positive person even when positive was not in his daily living all the time. This was the way he felt and he had come to this country from Russia when he was seven along with his Mom and Dad and sisters and brother. They were poor, but they survived and he turned out to be a fine and educated person. His happy personality prevailed all of his seventy-two years. He was never weak in his thinking or his always trying to better the family’s finances. It did not happen, but he tried and was always stimulating us kids to do well.
I try to be like him, I am not. I am a thinker who thinks ahead and I can admit many times, I think of the bad happening, rather than the great happening. I am a worrier and that is not good.
So starting today, I will try to be like Dad, who was not prosperous in the way of having good finances, but was quite prosperous in attitude. It did not help him to live a longer life; he will be gone forty-eight years on November 10th. I was only thirty when he passed on and I wonder how he would have been, if he had lived longer. Would he have been still so positive? I am positive he would have been.
There is a saying that says “wish smarter, wish harder.” Perhaps, we can wish in smarter ways and wish harder for things we want to accomplish.
So here is to Dad on his coming birthday of November 4th and I wonder what he would think about all the new products out in this world. To him having an electric can opener that I bought him in about 1957 was a pure and beautiful joy. No one had one and he was so proud of this so simple gift I bestowed on him and Mom one holiday December season. It was exciting and he loved it.
I am glad when I look back that this made him so happy. In those days, we used lots of canned items and so the chore of trying to get the lid off was no longer a chore.
Dad never wished for things, he desired them and worked hard to obtain them. That was the work ethic then.
So from now on, I will be positive, I will be positive that I can be a positive person. That will be a new accomplishment for me and maybe, it will come true.
That will be stimulating and exciting.