I Love How Infectious Positive People Are
This is important for everyone, I think. I'm not talking about false bravado, either, but people who really feel confident inside themselves. Being around such individuals somehow lightens the load and makes everyone feel better, wouldn't you say?
I think of myself as a positive person, here in EP. Most of the time, even if my story isn't all that bright or inspiring, I still try to see the glass as half-full. Dealing with many of life's issues takes just a dose of common sense.
If there is something that bothers me immensely, which I cannot control, I'll burn and stew and steam until it gets off my chest. I am far more likely, though, to follow the Serenity Prayer's example: "Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
However, I've gotten a bit off course. Being around positive people/positive thinkers causes my load to feel lighter for a while. It isn't lighter at all, of course, I'm just infected by my positive companion's aura, so I don't notice the burden I carry so much. And, if I discuss what's happened lately, my companion is usually able to point out a more efficient way to pack my bag, that helps distribute the weight better and make the trek easier to continue.
Many a time, I will discover a positive influence in a 'teacher (who does not have to literally be one)' or mentor, but not always. My own daughter, only five-years-old at the time of this writing, is a constant bundle of positive energy, most of the time, which is so wonderful. Of course, I'd love being around her anyway. I reckon we probably 'infect' one another's positive moods.
But a friend, or even casual acquaintance, can also prove to be a positive influence. It sometimes takes a small gesture to make my day feel brighter, and more worth living.