It's been a while since I had one of these posts (and I've actually written and deleted this one three times already), but until further notice I'm telling putting negativity out into the world to go fly a kite.
There is a lot of negativity out there. Maybe it's someone trolling news article comment boards looking to start a fight. Or maybe it's someone, who might have the best of intentions, writing a Facebook post, tweet, or blog post titled something like, "Ten Mistakes You're Probably Making at (BLANK)."
Just this morning I saw three posts on Facebook that completely deflated me. (I've learned an important lesson to never get online before I've completed my morning writing goals.) Instead of working on my book--which is so close to having its first draft completed--I feel bad. Like, I'm just some hack of a writer, who has no business publishing.
Instead of doing something wonderful, I'm whining in a blog post. I'm becoming part of the problem.
No one is perfect. We are all bound to make mistakes. We're human. We're perfectly imperfect. And because we're human, we have feelings. They can be hurt. We feel shame. We feel anger. We feel remorse. We feel a lot. But we also have the ability to control what we say and how we act.
I can't control the way everyone else thinks or acts, but I can do my best to control my own actions. So... my challenge to myself--and to all of you willing to take the challenge--let's be more considerate of others. Let's project positivity. Let's be each others fans, not foes.We're in this adventure of life together.
You're amazing, I'm amazing. Let's go out there and be amazing together.
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