Today is not yesterday.

Today is a new beginning. Today is unique, and there will be no other day like today.

You have an opportunity to do something new, something different. You have a new day with which to explore the world, to make time for yourself, for friends and family, to create something different.

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Yesterday is the past. It happened, it is done. It may have been a fantastic day, it may have been an awful day, but it is done. You have reached today, and you can approach this new day with positivity or negativity. Either way, you get to choose.

This is why I started exploring the idea of Positivity one Monday morning. All over social media I was reading the groans and complaints and doubts and other negative thoughts towards the start of the work week. I decided that I wanted to share a different approach, and to see today for all its possibility. Yes, the weekend is over, but why does that necessarily mean we are on a sad and unwanted path today? We have a choice…so I choose to find Positivity.

It is easy to get caught in remembering and even yearning for the past. But the past is passed. It can and likely will hold a place in your memory, good or bad. But yesterday and the day before that and the week before that and the month before that and so on are behind us.

There is so much potential in living for today. I don’t mean doing something wild and out-of-character, I mean seeing the possibility that the new day represents instead of its challenges. I’m writing about looking for good instead of bad, possible instead of impossible, unity instead of division, positivity instead of negativity. Each and every day we get to make choices, and if we focus more on today and less on yesterday or tomorrow we can find more Positivity, and feel better overall.

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This is why it is equally important to acknowledge that today is not tomorrow, either. All too often we get caught up on looking ahead and doing things like “working for the weekend” or “slogging through the work week” or similar, and today passes by unmarked. Every single day has potential – not just potential to be “magical” per se, but potential to be good and positive. Today can be more than just a work day, more than just a day in the routine, it has endless possibility.

This needn’t be grand and glorious. This can be a simple matter of approach. Take on today with hope, not disdain. Try to smile instead of frowning. Look for the positive around you instead of the negative. Use attitude shifters or find something to make you smile. Let go of yesterday, leave tomorrow for tomorrow and find the potential in this day, today.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that we can leave yesterday behind we can use this new day, today, to find ways to empower ourselves. When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings. We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings. When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for. Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.

 

This is the sixtieth entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.