27 July 2007

Positivity and Living on Purpose

It is not difficult to tell the people who are living a life of passion and purpose. They are the ones with the inner glow -- that aura of positive harmony and balance. When we are living a life of passion, we cannot help but exude that ray of positivity. Yet, the feelings are mutual. When we live in a state of positivity, passion follows.

Life is full of ups and downs, twists and turns, and many bends in the road. Yet, unless we journey through those bends, we will not learn and grow. And when we are going through those dark paths, it can be very difficult to maintain a positive attitude. We may want to scream, throw things, and even hit someone. But doing this only creates more darkness and the light gets further away. To move along the path toward the light, we must become light. Light attracts light. And when we make the conscious choice to be light, even when the darkness screams loudest, then we can live in light.

One way to combat the darkness of our thoughts and release the light is to get ourselves off our minds. It is easy to disappear down in the abyss of negative thinking. And when things are not going our way, we become negative -- blaming and flaming against anyone who crosses our path. It is a defense but a very destructive one. When confronted by these negative gremlins, just think, "What is my part in this?" Acknowledge your part, then release it and move on. To stay in the abyss is not self-serving.

One of the keys to living a life of passion and purpose is to keep our thinking pure and positive. Passion and negativity cannot occupy the same space. Adapting an attitude of gratitude is a great way to keep the mind pure and positive. When thinking of all the things that we can be grateful for, we create an awareness of love. When we are grateful, we recognize our own light; a light that we miss when we are in the darkness of negative thinking.

A Nigerian proverb says that in giving thanks for a little, you will find a lot. A little light dispells the darkness. So try a little positivity and see how bright your world can become.

This post is part of the The Power of Positive Thinking Group Writing Project organized by Kirsten Harrell of the Think Positive! Blog. Thanks, Kristen for this wonderful effort.

Live positively, on purpose!
Coach Carolyn


Kirsten Harrell, Psy.D. said...

Hi Carolyn,
Thanks for joining in the project! Your post is great - your tips will add a lot to the ebook!! I love the Nigerian proverb. :)

Carolyn D. Townes, SFO said...

Thanks, Kristen.

Happy and humbled to be a part.