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In case any of my friends or family members actually read this Blog, please consider all Names, Characters, Places and Incidents to be the product of the author's imagination and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or locales are entirely COINCIDENTAL...Muaaah!! Now, really, about me: I bring the crazy wherever I go, so I've been told...I make fun of myself more than anyone else ever could. I hate: the awkward silence in elevators, watches with no numbers, picky eaters, Cancer and legalism. I love: coffee, stalking Hugh Jackman, my Spanx, COMMENTS, sarcasm and writing: Middle Grade, NA, YA Paranormal and Urban Fantasy.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Waking Up Happy

99% of  the time, I pop up out of bed and am full of joy, energy, and a renewed sense of purpose. I'm super cheerful and genuinely happy. I begin most mornings, singing and dancing. This part of my personality tends to drive the kids and The Hubs a bit crazy, as they all tend to be night people. They've asked me to try and "tone it down" for them, at least in the morning hours. But I can't. You can't contain this!!! I've tried.
Often, I get up just to see the sun rise. The beauty and splendor of it goes a long way in making me appreciate the day ahead.

I don't understand what makes my family wake up so stinking cranky! I don't get that.  I'm always so thankful and grateful I made it through the night and God gifted me with a chance to live out another day, how could I possibly be sad? Often, I get asked what my "secret" to happiness is. Why am I always so full of joy? Surely, my life is perfect? I must live in a mansion and have tons of servants, cash, good health, and no problems. Ha!! Hardly. Most of you know that none of those things are true for me. My life is far from perfect. But everyone has troubles. And if I woke up every day and focused on all of the bad things and worries and stress, I would never get out of bed. Instead, I CHOOSE to put all of my energy and strength into focusing on all of the positive things I've got going on. To me, the key is being grateful and thankful for every good thing I've been given and choosing to focus on that, instead of the negative.

Over the course of time, I've encountered some really negative people. They look me in the face and swear that they have absolutely nothing positive or good going on in their lives, and nothing to be thankful for. Man, does that just make me want to cry. I'm not trying to be patronizing, but I can usually point out a good fifteen or twenty things they should/could be thankful for in less than thirty seconds!!

What choice will you make today? Will you choose to focus on the glass that's  half-empy or half-full? I challenge you to look at your life today with a renewed sense of purpose. Most of us are here are writers, try this: wake up each morning this week and write down everything you can think of to be thankful for. At the end of the week, go back and look at your list. It might just blow your mind at how many good things we might tend to take for granted every day.

Happy Monday Peeps- Jaybird



17 comments:

  1. Jaybird: That's a great attitude. Wish I was like that more often than not. I'm a night person too, but on the days when I'm hitting the road before the sun rises, it does give me plenty of time to reflect on all the good stuff going on in my life.

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    1. It's a choice I make every day. Some days, are easier than others to make it. But overall, after time, the choice becomes easier and easier. I'd just rather be happy.

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  2. Yes, that's a great attitude. There is always something to be grateful for.
    My wife wakes up all cheerful like that. I don't wake up grumpy, I just function in zombie mode for a while.

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  3. You are my hero. I consider myself a positive person, but I'm definitely cranky in the mornings and am a night owl through and through, lol. People like you amaze me. ;)

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    1. Thanks Ilima, you are too kind. If you ask the kids, who have to hear me sing and dance and be all "up" first thing in the morning, I'm more annoying than anything else. LOL But I can't help but be happy.

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  4. This is why we love you!

    I'm not great with mornings, but all I need is a coffee and I'm ready to rock! I try very hard to maintain that attitude of gratitude you have!

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    1. I'm going to repeat what I said to Alex above and I truly mean it, a little coffee, goes a LONG way!! LOL

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  5. Ha, this reminds me of my mom when I was a kid. She used to come in my room, turn on my light, signing this awfully irritating good morning song! I was not a morning person back then. But as an adult, I definitely am, only I just have my animals to annoy :)

    You are so right, it's so important to focus on the positive and our blessings. I have a gratefulness board on my wall that I haven't written on in forever...you remind me that I need to be doing that.

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    1. LOL!! Kinley- these are the lyrics of the song I sing to wake my girls up everyday - "Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory, children of the Lord!" I pretty much repeat that until they get out of bed. Our cat, loves to accompany me on the wake up calls. She will jump on each girls bed, and lick their faces until they open their eyes. Our cat is a much cuter, more effective alarm clock than the ones at the store. :)

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  6. You know, it's weird, I've had people actually not like me because they say I am too perky. I don't get that. Life has enough sucky parts, why double it with a downer attitude? You stay happy! Excellent idea to keep a gratitude journal. I've tried to get my grumpy friends to do this, but they just think I am crazy.

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    1. I got broken up with one time by a guy who told me, "You shit sunshine and that gets kind of annoying after a while" LOL!!!! I laughed so hard. He definitely had a point. But I can't go changing my personality to please everyone who doesn't like it. I am glad you share my positive, up-beat attitude : )

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  7. Positivity is super important! I wouldn't say I wake up cheerful (I am like Alex -- basically a zombie!) but I do try to find the great things even in the mornings. I am a fan of very late nights and that quiet time before dawn so I think that contributes to my difficulty in mornings.

    <3

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    1. I am pretty much useless late at night. I used to try and write in the late hours, when my family was asleep. I quickly realized everything I wrote was incoherent. Now, I enjoy my quiet hours in the morning. I'm like the old army slogan, "I do more before 7 am than most people do all day!"

      I believe that no matter what your preference is, day or night, clinging to a positive attitude goes a looong way. :)

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  8. Apologies--I haven't been over your way for a while. Today I made some good decisions, all of which involved purging and organizing my house. Slowly I am conquering the sewing room.

    Glad you rejoice in your day.

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  9. That's an awesome attitude to have. And I'm with Alex on this - my wife is all cheery and bouncy in the morning, but I'm not. I'm a night person. Now, I'm not grumpy, I just really don't want to talk or move or think until I've had my first cup of coffee. After that - we're good!

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  10. I read this post when you first posted it and it made me smile. Thank you so much for that. I've been down and out for the past couple of weeks, my health really knocked me for a loop this time. I admit that I normally try to be a flass half full type of person, but it does take me a while in the mornings to get going, even when I feel good. When I don't feel too good - look out. It's best to just leave me alone somewhere.

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