So today I am sharing with you a guest post written by my friend Irma and I hope you enjoy her words of wisdom.
Positivity. What is positivity?(Insert sarcasm here) I think everyone in this generation has some sense of the word. It means happiness and good vibes right? (what does that even mean?)
I think everyone in this generation has some sense of the word. It means happiness and good vibes right? (what does that even mean?)
I have been on a journey, and have been learning the power of positivity, but not necessarily in the way you might think.
There are two types of positivity: with and without realism. Let me elaborate.
The former is what we constantly see. Its intentions are good, very honorable. It is colorful and bright, with words like “express yourself!” and “You’re enough!”
Now before I start a blow up online I would like to say that I believe in these things. But without context and without anything deeper, they leave us void and meaningless. They are pretty words without depth, blind to the pain and brokenness of the world that we live in.
“If we’re going to fight a disease let’s fight one of the most terrible diseases of all… indifference.” -Robin Williams (as Patch Adams)
I came across a tribute video to Robin Williams the other day, with some of his famous movie quotes. I quite like the one above.
Positivity with realism. Now that is a challenge. But this is real positivity, it is what we call Joy. It is able to look into the world, see the despair, the hurt, the brokenness and the pain. It does not refute the fact that there are wars, starving people, and women being raped. It acknowledges the presence of the evil in the world and yet looks beyond. Joy chooses to stand in the face of fear and darkness, and say no. Not today. There is still goodness, and I choose to hope. It is having the ability to see the terrible things and yet still be kind, still be encouraging, still be happy, and still have compassion, instead of sinking into despair.
Positivity is not the absence of negativity. It is standing in the midst of it and choosing who you want to be.
Here is a snippet about Irma’s blog from her ‘About’ page:
Life is a crazy beautiful ride, and every day is a new adventure. I’m excited to share with you all that God is teaching me, as well as the crazy, random moments of my daily life. This blog is a hodge podge of the things that make me, well… me. My hope is that in it you will be encouraged, inspired and that you’ll go out and share your own story.
You can check out Irma’s blog by clicking HERE.