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The Power of Positivity

The power of positivity is a crazy thing. You don’t actually realize it until you’re being negative. You don’t actually realize how much of an impact positivity has on your life until it doesn’t impact your life any longer.

Living with Ulcerative Colitis, I know first hand what it’s like to not be in control of my mood. From the mood swings of steroids to just dealing with hormones as a teen, I’ve been through it all. Most of it while in an active flare. Truth is, even though I live with an autoimmune disease, I’m not that different from any other (“healthy”) person. We all experience ups and downs in moods and life. It’s life. If we didn’t then we wouldn’t be human.

But the power of positivity…

Having a positive attitude has gotten me out of some of even the messiest of situations. The best part about it is, it doesn’t cost me a thing. It costs me nothing to smile at the cashier before leaving the store. It costs me nothing to hug someone who is having a bad day. Yes, I am living with a chronic condition. Yes, at times I am suffering from my condition, but others are too.

Dwelling in sadness and anger

I used to get so caught up with the “why me’s” that I couldn’t see what was going on in the world around me. I was so focused on my problems at times I was blinded to anyone else’s. I was suffering, but so were so many other people. There was a world of hurt right in front of my face, but I chose to dwell in my own sadness and anger so much that I didn’t even know.

Connecting with others

I’m in no way minimizing what I’ve been through or my condition. What I have is not a cold and it’s surely not going away any time soon. I can’t control that, but I can control myself. I can control the energy I put out into the world and hopefully that brings positivity my way in return. Having a positive attitude has not only gotten me out of bad situations (that I otherwise would have been stuck in for much longer), but it’s also allowed me to connect better with people and the world around me.

Positivity helped me to open up

I’ve become close friends with people I normally never would have. I have sat through uncomfortable conversations with less than pleasant people only to realize they have the same exact condition as myself! Negative Shawn would have quickly found any way I could to avoid that interaction by any means possible. Negative Shawn wouldn’t have had the tolerance to get to know anyone. Negative Shawn wouldn’t have had the tolerance to deal with anyone’s issues other than her own. But negative Shawn wasn’t around. Instead of being mean to someone who was obviously frustrated and stressed, just as I had been many times and probably for the same reason, I chose to hear this person out.

Being positive won’t always reward you with life long friends or buckets of money, but it’ll always be worth it.

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