Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What others say...


I went back and forth as to whether or not to actually hit "publish" on this post, but then I realized that there are probably quite a few people who can relate, and so here I am going for it! Women, by nature, are "people pleasers". It can be an asset and it can also be a flaw. I have witnessed first-hand how this can go both ways. Over the past two years, I have tried very hard to focus on what my priorities need to be- my family and also myself (in a non-selfish way), while also maintaining friendships and relationships that are important to me.
There will always be people who have opinions and who will critique what moves you make, but ultimately, I try to take the advice of a wise quote I found recently which is "What others say reflects them, not you". I interpret this to mean that what others say make them look like fools if they speak negatively about you, it doesn't reflect who you truly are as a person.
This is a life lesson that is hard to learn for sure. Many of the relationships we have in our lives will test this quote and it is up to us to rise above and understand that we don't have to fall subject to the negativity in life, we can choose the high road and stay positive, and that is the road I have chosen from here on out.
Throughout my life, there were many people who told me that I was the "eternal optimist" and recently, my life has dealt me some cards that have proven otherwise, but I am focused on regaining that "eternal optimist" label that I once had because that means that people view me as someone who looks at the bright side of things, and that is what I want to be known for.
I truly believe that life is too short to be anything but happy. I am addicted to Pharrell's "Happy" right now because it is so upbeat and has such a positive message behind it. I dance with my girls to it on a daily basis and it always brings a smile to my face. I look into the eyes of my children and I see the way my husband looks at me and I realize that I am the LUCKIEST woman in the world. My kids show me that it is important to live in the moment because not every day is guaranteed. And my husband provides a love unlike any other, which just explodes my heart.
I want to take what others may have said about me and use it to turn into something positive and always remember that what they say reflects poorly on them, and certainly not on me. I think that if I maintain that attitude from here on out, then I can regain that "eternal optimist" perspective on life, which is my dream come true.

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