Actually, it made me realize something else. It's been two years since I read The Secret, and made a commitment to pursue the power of positive thinking into my life. I wondered if it was bearing any fruit in my life, because the changes are mostly internal. Yes, life has changed for the better since then, and I certainly feel better mentally. I was tired of being stressed out and angry all the time, and it helped me to cope with some difficult times until the season passed. It even inspired me to look for other ways I could improve my life, like committing to an exercise program, eating better, and finally writing a scifi trilogy like I've always wanted to do it.
The thing is, these changes have been largely internal, and I've often wondered if people notice it. I knew I felt better, but I also couldn't help but see areas where I could still make improvement. Recently, I've been struggling to stay on the diet, and to stop looking for excuses to not exercise. Then again, I suppose that the fact that I'm still committed to staying on the diet and exercise program after 11 months is a testament to the fact that my mindset has changed, since this is the first time I've stuck with either for this long (and got back on it after breaking my foot last fall). There will always be struggles. That's the nature of life. I guess the real thing is dealing with them better than I did before, mainly by not being taken over by stress and worry.
Awkward as that post was, it was a great reminder of how far I've come, and is inspiration to keep on the path. It didn't work fast and it was a struggle to change my thinking, but it's been worth it, because I'm more content with my life now than I ever have been. Really that's the key to joy - enjoying the journey every day, and being grateful for every blessing that makes up your life. It doesn't matter if people actively notice the change - what matters is that I inspire joy by living my life the best way possible. It's their responsibility to pick up on that energy, and to choose to have it in their own lives.
That's all today. Take care. Have a Happy Friday and a wonderful weekend.