Fill Your Day With Awesomeness!

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HappinessSome things are out of your control like a sudden thunderstorm in Texas, the crazy economy, and other people’s actions. Good luck trying to harness the power of any of those things. In the immortal words of Obiwan Kenobi, “May the force be with you!” Or was that Darth Vader? I’m not up on my Star Wars trivia.

I’m sure you’ve heard that old adage that attitude is everything. You can’t control some things, but you can control how you react to it. Have you ever tried to be grouchy around someone who is perpetually happy and upbeat? I don’t think it’s possible to do, or at least not for very long. Happiness is contagious.

Tuesday this week sucked for me. Everywhere I turned silly things happened that made just shake my head and go “Really?!” I got home, worked out my frustrations with a workout, then went to yoga and adjusted my body and my attitude. I could worry about what everyone else was doing and try to convince them not to do this or that, or I could control my reaction.

I woke up and tweeted that my day was going to be full of awesomeness. No words like I hope or maybe. It was going to be. Period, end of story. I went to work, I laughed and just focused on smiling back at everyone. The day was full of awesomeness and everything rolled right off my back. Mission accomplished.

Yesterday I went to work and someone started grouching about his missing water bottle. He walked to the next cube and barked about it. Everyone within earshot heard him and immediately they all started commiserating. Woe is me, how horrible. It wasn’t even their water bottle. Not to mention that it was just a WATER BOTTLE not missing world peace!

I gave my “suck it up and cheer up” speech and told them this was going to be our mantra of the day. If they didn’t cheer up, I vowed to print it out and tape it up in everyone’s cube. Then I did a “suck it up and cheer up” dance that made everyone laugh. You know what? It worked. OK, it may have been my bizarre imitation of dancing that did it but good enough.

It’s all in the attitude. Fix what you can control and don’t worry about the rest. Worrying won’t change the outcome. Life is too short to spend it worrying.

What awesomeness are you going to make happen in your day today? Are you going to spread your happiness?

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