The Power of Positivity

Chris BdayThis year on my birthday, I woke up in a great mood. I’m pretty sure I said out loud to myself in a quirky voice, “It’s my BIRTHDAY!” And I might possibly have said it again multiple times throughout the day. To myself. In the mirror. With a big, goofy grin.

I was blessed to grow up in a family where birthdays were a day of being celebrated; of loved ones letting me know just how much I was loved. So, for me, “It’s my BIRTHDAY!” was a constant reminder that this particular day was a day where I was loved, cherished and celebrated by the people in my life who matter most.

And that statement I spoke over myself, with all the emotions accompanying it, made my birthday a pretty fantastic day. Even though I had to work, got stuck in traffic, made last-minute lunch plans so I didn’t eat alone on my birthday, found out Bryan forgot it was my birthday, etc… I had a great day because I had already decided it was intrinsically a great day, just by nature of it being my birthday.

I think there was a lot of power in my mindset on my birthday this year. It pains me to say it, because obnoxiously positive people make me want to punch them in the face simply because of the toxicity of their sunny dispositions, but I would love to figure out how to convince myself every day that it is a great day.

It would probably help if every other day out of the year, I was getting flowers at work and chocolates in the mail. It would probably also help if the inherent fabric of my being was not so akin to April Ludgate.

April 3

April 1

April 2

But seriously. What phrases could I substitute for, “It’s my BIRTHDAY!”? What statements could I speak over myself every day?

Maybe… There is a plan for today. This day was written before time began (even the awful parts).

Or… Today, I am loved and celebrated (even if no one sends me chocolate).

Or perhaps… There are good works prepared beforehand for me to live out today (hopefully I don’t fail).

I’ll work on getting rid of the subtext. Baby steps.

Authentically Aurora

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4 thoughts on “The Power of Positivity

  1. You know, I used to love my birthday so much. I didn’t care that no one else cared because I was about a month or two before declaring that it was my birthday coming up and that they shouldn’t forget it etc. Then a few years ago, I started realizing that the whole day was taken up by people paying attention to me and as an April Ludgate type myself, people small talking to me all day just started driving me crazy. And two years ago I was in Utah by myself looking for a job and a year ago I was in Utah looking for a job. I think I would love to just take the day off, disappear and do what I WANT and wait for the next day for people to tell me Happy Birthday.

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  2. Oh amen to this post! We have to speak good words over ourselves, make our reality a positive one. There are plenty of people and circumstance that can bring us down, so that area of our lives is already covered. The positivity, not so much. 😉

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