Have you ever noticed the effort you put into a task at work, practicing a hobby, or even showing affection for a loved one leading to an ever-increasing more positive result the more energy you infuse into it?
Have you ever noticed the food you eat growing in the garden becoming more virile with the additional nutritious soil and water you add? That same food grows more nutritious when you provide more care and love while cooking it. That same tasty food produces strong reactions in anyone consuming it as they feel the energy put into its creation. After eating delicious, nutritious food, people naturally have some pep in their step as the mass and energy of that food becomes a part of them and fuel for their daily activities. That positive energy from a healthy meal translates to a happier person forming more positive bonds and interactions with the people around them throughout their day. The chain effect continues on…
The same effect can be seen from a negative angle. Have you ever had to eat a meal that was thrown together haphazardly with ingredients that weren’t grown or prepared with love, but instead were formed with chemicals and made by angry, brooding loved ones. There’s a much duller energy that’s produced from that interaction and often a sick feeling in your stomach as you contemplate why you even bothered to partake of that meal. A negative bond if formed from that interaction and you’re more likely to be in a bad mood that day spreading your frowns around. The chain effect continues on…
The amount of matter and energy in the universe may be constant, but I like to think that we all have an ability to influence the quality of that matter and energy. It appears that we each have our own filter, through which we can change the matter and energy around us a more positive tint or negative hue depending on how we interact with it. Many people have a constant positive filter always producing optimism, hope, and joy in their path. Many people have a standard negative filter causing sorrow, anger, and grief in their destruction of days. We’re all influenced in some manner by the people around us and the positive or negative bonds we form with them depending on how we approach our day.
Some people in history cry out for a more positive light. They seem impenetrable in their worldview for a better society. When you hear the words, “I have a dream today…”, Martin Luther King Jr. pops into your head immediately with all the hope and change he brought to our world. The positive energy he put into his life, his work, and the people around him lives on today. He dealt daily with hate and fear and small-mindedness. He persevered and showed us all how to expand our minds to fit his view for a more just society.
I don’t know how exactly Martin Luther King Jr. became the man he was. Some piece of his mass and energy accumulated to be so resolute that he couldn’t be broken. Maybe that’s a free choice he made. Maybe it’s purely a product of his genetics and environment that we don’t quite understand yet. For now, I’ll choose to believe that we have a choice to make on how we approach each day and what filter, positive or negative, we have on this world.
Living life with a positive filter requires a lot more hard work. It’s easy to be negative and harp on the world not going in your favor. The world is not meant to bend itself to our will, as much as we might like that. Molding your day in your favor requires a tremendous effort. To produce a great result, you must first form a thought, research a better world. see a vision. plant a seed, develop an idea, and communicate its benefits. That can be a really simple idea like taking the day off to go to the beach or the “dream” of better world soon to come.
While the amount of matter and energy in this world may be constant, I don’t see a limit on the amount of energy we consume and generate. Take some time to notice what quality of energy you’re consuming and generating. Are you living with positive people and ingesting healthy food? Are you in turn generating positive energy in your interactions? If not, you have a choice to make. Surround yourself with positive people and ingest healthy sustenance and you will spread those positive bonds. You’ll be much more likely to stay patient, poised, and positive even in the face of challenging circumstances.
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.
– Chuck Swindoll
Note – I will reference this quote often, because I think it can help anyone form the foundation for a happy life.