The Power of Positive

We all have the power to create positive experiences in our lives.

In each moment, we can make a choice. We can walk away from negative situations and surround ourselves with people who are uplifting. If that isn’t possible, we can send our love and blessings to difficult situations, infusing a positive light into it.

Everything we think, say or do has a ripple effect in our lives and those around us.

We can learn much from a conscious communication practice rooted in Buddhist tradition. Before you speak, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Is what I’m about to say kind?
  2. Is it true?
  3. Is it necessary?
  4. Does it improve upon the silence?

If you can answer yes to all four questions, then your words will resonate with love.

Smile and Say Hello

As a teenager, I was very shy. I would walk the hallways in school, eyes down, shuttling off to my classroom. While I always had one or two close friends, I was never one of the “popular” kids in school.

My older sister was the opposite. I watched how she made friends easily and was comfortable around many people.

Smile!At one point I asked her how she made friends so easily. The advice she gave me was simple and effective.

She said, “As you walk down the hall at school and see someone you know, look them in the eye, smile and say hello. Then keep that smile on your face as you continue on your way.”

It’s many years later and I am no longer the shy person I was once. The advice my sister gave me is something that stayed with me over the years and has served me well.

Give it a try throughout your day… just smile and say hello. Keep that smile as you continue on your way and see how your world changes. So simple!

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