Tonight I was at the gym. I struggled to get there, it was a rough Tuesday, I'm overwhelmed at work, and my body is still adjusting to the time change. But I went, because, well- because I never regret going to the gym.
While riding the bike, with every last ounce of energy I had, a friend from the gym plops on the bike next to me. He is also struggling, and we joke about our lack of motivation. He comments that he's having a really hard time with seeing everything going on in Japan and how things just keep getting worse. Before he really started the spiral downward, I stopped him.
"You know how I'm getting through this?", I asked. "I'm finding something good in each day to focus on! Today, I'm focused on my friend Joe and his wife, and how they are in Russia meeting their new daughter that they will be adopting. There IS GOOD HAPPENING IN THE WORLD-- just look for it!!"
And he said to me- "Russia? That's cool-- but I hope they don't get stuck there!" To which I said, "stop being so negative" and turned to my bike and my book before he sucked me in.
"You're right" he said, "and hey- we are here riding these bikes, and that's a good thing!" and I smiled... then he continued "I've alwasy been that way, bad things can happen to anyone".
I won't bore you with the whole conversation, but I will leave you with this. Stay positive. Think positive. Yes, things might be bad for you right now, and it's scary, but you can't let it take you down! Find something good to focus on each day to get you through. There are indeed, good things happening in the world, we just need to find them.