Sometimes I just don’t want to find positivity and the silver lining in my day. No. And I’m not sure we should have positive, upbeat days every single day. I do think we should try most days to do so. If we’re spending more time being negative than positive, we run the risk of being the subject of the eliminating-negative-people-from-our-lives goal that we hear from others around us.
No, we don’t want to be that toxic person, but we also don’t want to be Pollyanna-ish. Basically, we want a good balance.
What comprises a good balance? A good balance:
- allows us to be genuine and authentic with our feelings and emotions, both positive and negative
- gives us time to process the negative emotions and savor the positive
- allows us to use negative emotions to create positive change
- encourages us to find that silver lining without ignoring the real risks and downsides to a situation
- helps to inform us when something is going wrong, or right
- doesn’t dwell on the negative more than is necessary to detect, learn and grow
- respects that we’re human and that we will have a wide range of emotions. Experiencing all the emotions allows us to experience the whole range, since we can’t just select the positive emotions and eliminate the negative.
- acknowledges that we can’t necessarily help how we feel but we can also understand that we may have conditioned ourselves to over- or under-react to a situation. Considering a situation from different perspectives might help us to determine whether we’re responding proportional to the situation.
- accepts and forgives those emotions in ourselves and others. Acceptance allows us to constructively channel and manage those feelings.
So today I’m feeling tired, a little annoyed and overwhelmed. That’s OK. I need a grouchy day today and some time to decompress, process and intentionally and proactively relax. By giving myself what I need today, I will be ready to re-engage in a positive manner tomorrow.