I was inspired the other day by a sunrise. Because of my health, and odd sleep patterns it isn’t often that I am awake to see a sunrise.
Sunrise Attitude is a philosophy. It is contained in one sentence.
“Today is a GREAT day!!”
Only you can choose what kind of day you are going to have. Only you can choose how the things/events in your life affect your day.
I live with chronic illness and pain. As a result of a combination of the medications I take, and my chronic illnesses, I have spent quite a bit of the last 15 years being depressed and upset at the loss of the life that I knew. Gradually, I came to realize that it takes less energy to be positive. And to project that positive attitude to the world. While I can’t say that my health has improved, I will say that I feel better than I have in a long, long time.
So, I use the phrase Sunrise Attitude. Where is yours?
How do you get a Sunrise Attitude?
- Make a concerted effort to develop and own a positive outlook.
- Start with 15 minutes, and extend it gradually until it encompasses the whole day.
- Use Post-It Notes to remind yourself of the good things in your life.
- If possible, adopt a pet. Nothing is more positive than having a pet greet you at the door.
- Greet everyone you see with a smile and positive phrase.
- Let the bad days come. I have bad days, just like anyone else. You will too. Gradually, you will have more good days than bad.
- Even the worst day is a good day. Why do you think that is?
- On the bad days, and even on the good days, but especially on the bad days – sing or hum your favorite song.
- Let yourself experience the joy in the world.
- Let yourself feel the wind on your face.
- Let yourself experience the rain drops.
- Smell the incoming rain. Let the aroma envelope you.
- Share a good belly laugh with a friend or loved one.
- Experience the joy that a child feels when they discover something new in their world.
- No matter the pain, let yourself do one thing that you had to give up because of your health.
- Don’t smoke.
- Drink in moderation.
- I love mowing lawns. I gave it up because it took so much out of me to take care of our yard. Last year, my father-in-law gave me his riding lawn mower. Experience the joy of fresh cut grass.
- Once a week, once a month, as often as you can… Let yourself witness the majesty of a sunrise.