“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”
– John Wooden
Ok, I feel kind of bad.
I was just speaking to someone over the weekend who had never read my blog. I was explaining the types of writings I do – uplifting blogs about everyday events that have hidden lessons in them. (I thought that was a good way to describe it – there’s definitely not a particular theme to this thing, that’s for sure…) So, they said they’d love to check it out and would do so as soon as they got a chance.
Then, I got home and clicked on the link to my blog, and realized what the first thing would be that this person would see. A blog called “WTF.”
And then, I check the mail. What do I find? The April edition of Guideposts magazine. Now, I’m not necessarily a subscriber to Guideposts, although I have been mysteriously receiving issues starting a few months ago (Grandma, was that you?), but I was expecting a stack of the April editions to arrive.
Why is that?
I was notified a while back that a quote from one of my stories (Scars) was chosen to appear in a section of the April edition of Guideposts entitled “The Up Side.” This is a section that contains uplifting quotes by sometimes famous, sometimes not famous (obviously), people who are “positive thinkers.” I knew the magazine was coming, but the thrill of opening it up and rushing to page 15 to check out the Up Side section was pretty cool. I opened it up to page 15, and the first thing I see is Sandra Bullock. Woohoo! I’m listed in the same section as Sandra Bullock?
How do ya like them apples??
And then I flipped the page to the second page of quotes. Page 16. And there I was. Seeing my words – my quote! – in black and white was pretty awesome, to say the least.
How cool is that!?
And then, I flipped back to page 15 and read that subtitle again. “Quotes from Today’s Positive Thinkers.” Awesome.
Wait a minute.
“Positive thinker?” Ummmmm, yeah. This positive thinker is the one who just wrote a blog called “WTF” and ended it with “Sometimes people truly suck.”
So, let me just explain a little. Last week sucked. It just did. Even “positive thinkers” are apparently human. That last blog is not really who I am. I was hurt and I lashed out. It happens. People don’t suck. That was a harsh statement. People are who they are, and it’s up to me whether or not to let their actions affect me. And, most importantly, it’s up to me whether to allow them to remain in my life or not. In this case, I chose the latter. (And I feel great about that. Really. You should try it sometime – it’s very freeing.)
So, yeah. I just had what I like to think of as a little “hiccup.”
But see this quote? I came across this a few days ago, and it made me feel so much better about my situation. I love the part that says not to “unpack and live there.” That’s great advice. I had my little fit, and now I’ve moved on. Time to regain my Guideposts title of ‘positive thinker’ and keep moving forward.
So, to my regular blog readers, let me thank you for allowing me my little setback. I appreciate you sticking around.
And to you, new blog reader from the weekend, I hope you’ll stick around and get to know the real me. The me that does not let outside forces break my spirit. Temporarily? Maybe. But forever? Ha. Not a chance.
There’s too much good in this world to let the occasional Negative Nancy spoil it.
“If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.”
– Pat Riley