Last night after Jiu Jitsu I came home and remembered that Terri and I had to take our (4) cats to the vet for their yearly check up. Yes we have 4 and they are spec CAT ular.
That was horrible I know.
So Terri's mom came to pick us up in her van as she was bringing her two cats and her dog to the vet as well.
I felt like a Bering Sea crab fisherman stacking pots as we loaded the cat crates into the van. We drove to the vet and I have to say the little furry bastards were quite well behaved.
What does this have to do with positivity? Be patient...
So we let Seamus out at the vet and he explored the room and made himself quite comfortable. He charmed the pants of the vet and didn't even notice the needles he was getting. I watched Seamus as he took it all in. He had that happy face on and he was all over the place, exploring and being a nosy bastard. I realized that this cat has no fear. He just takes it all in as it comes and looks happy doing it. He loves everyone and enjoys his simple little life to the absolute max. I found myself wanting to be more like that little furball. He is just in the moment and going for it all the time. I realized as he was nose to nose with the dog, he was totally unafraid, just curious and wanting to take it all in. He looked happy and calm. I was jealous.
Like many people I went to bed thinking about how things were going in my life. I realized that I felt deep down inside that things were shifting for the better. I had a great day. I shot a video with my buddy Ben at the Healing centre I am going to be doing energy work out of. It went really well and I was excited to see the final product. I saw another friends yoga space in the same complex and it was beautiful. I met with a couple to talk about their upcoming wedding and the meeting went well. (I have been a wedding officiant for 10 years) After that I had an awesome randori class and rolled for 45 minutes with some really great guys at the academy. I then got home and we went to the vet where Seamus showed me the way. I also really enjoyed watching the vet work with all those animals. She was AMAZING. The best I have ever seen. It made me smile to see my lady working alongside the vet helping her and being so gentle and loving with the kitties. I felt grateful to have her by my side, a steady, loving force that puts up with my insanity.
So lying in bed I thought about why I felt so good. I have reasons to be stressed like everyone else. I came to the conclusion that I had spent the day with (and observing) passionate, positive people. I had worked on my goals, trying to get the life I really want going. I had help from people that believed in me. I was around people who loved what they were doing. What a difference that makes. This was when I started thinking about positivity.
Positivity isn't just having a good attitude. I believe it has everything to do with accepting things as they are but having the courage and commitment to change them to be the way you want them to be. It doesn't mean it is going to be easy or painless. In my experience it is nerve wracking and scary. Being positive is hearing the voices of doubt in your head and still pushing forward towards your dreams. Being positive is not shrinking under the influence of the negative attitudes of people around you, but realizing you no longer need them around at all. Being positive means making tough decisions about your life and sticking to your guns even when you don't trust or believe in yourself.
I thought about everything I am working on. My book, my music, the HeartQuarters clothing and the energy work practice I am setting up. I used to think I had to do it all alone but I am now seeing that the times I am most successful is when others are there with me helping me, pushing me and lending a hand in making my dreams come true. My dreams and goals all revolve around moving forward, being positive, having courage and living life from your heart. Everything I do is to help others and that makes me feel really good. Not because I am trying to be a "nice" person or to make others think I am a nice person. It makes me feel good because I know I am doing the work of my heart, from my heart and that it is going to succeed and help a shitload of people along the way. This makes me feel grateful.
So there are a few thoughts about positivity from your old buddy here... If you want to be a partner in my success, I would love to be a partner in yours.
I pulled a card at my friend Anne's yoga space today and it said to do one thing today to change the course of your life for the good forever. I realized the day I had and smiled as it dawned on me that I had done just that.
Have a great day you furry little bastards!