“We’re either killing ourselves or nurturing. There is no in-between.”
~Haleakala Hew Len, Ph.D
Life is motion. The direction of its travel is a choice. The choice is whether to languish or flourish–whether to live in happiness or misery, in peace or in turmoil, with passion and zest or with boredom and fatigue.
What will you choose? To nourish your potential, to create a life of ever-increasing meaning and satisfaction?
Do you want to be awake to life? Savoring its beauty, and richness? Feeling its vibrancy and radiance? Do you want your life to be a glorious exploration? An adventure in expanding purpose, creative contribution and joy?
That’s what positivity is all about: being truly awake and alive in your life. It’s about cultivating your strengths, about taking the best in you and making it even better.
What is Positive Living?
Positive living is about building your capacity for all the emotions that give life its depth and sweetness, and for rebounding with resilience when the tough times come your way.
In fact, it’s in the difficult passages of life that positivity most clearly shines. Instead of meeting trials with anger, fear, or rage, positive people tend to meet them with compassion. They adapt more quickly when tragedies strike. Instead of cowering in fear, drowning in self-pity or feeling crushed and helpless, they look to see what can be done, how they help, how they can support and build and contribute.
Positivity builds your inner resources. It gives you grit and allows you to cope. And more than that, it allows you to flourish and thrive—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It nourishes well being on all levels of your life.
Positivity isn’t about trying to be happy or joyful all the time, although positive people are authentically happy. It’s about meeting the real world face on, with an open heart and an open mind. It’s about seeing reality for what it is and loving it, passionately, anyway.
It’s about seeing possibilities and having the courage to pursue them. It’s about daring to hope and about cultivating a character strong enough to make realities from dreams.
What’s at Stake
We’re living in the midst of a tense and rapidly changing world where all the definitions and certainties of the past are giving way to profoundly challenging new realities. Cultivating positivity is the most promising and practical path available for dealing with them. It provides you with the means to equip yourself to weather the changes, see opportunities as they unfold, adapt to new circumstances and world views, and continue to live a rich, purposeful, beautiful life.
If these qualities appeal to you, Positive-Living-Now is for you. I hope you’ll make yourself at home here, explore the ideas and resources, and put the practices to work in your life to make it more of what you truly want it to be.
Susan K. Minarik