Just Show Up!

Positively No Negativity Challenge

Day 25 of 84

The other day someone thanked me for doing this No Negativity challenge. They thanked me for getting up every day and writing. Some people say, “I could never write something new every day.”

My answer is, “Well, I can’t either.”


Aren’t you doing it?

It’s like this. I have committed to writing every day except Sunday, for 84 days, about getting the negativity out of my life. It’s not easy every day. I procrastinate. I whine to myself. And then I stare at this blank page. I say a prayer, and then I wait. I push out the negative thoughts and begin. I tell myself that I can do this. I think that just the fact that the empty page is in front of me is a beginning.

“Just show up!” is a mantra I have said to myself for the past few years. It’s like when I don’t want to exercise but I know I have committed to doing it, just the act of putting on the gym clothes and standing on the treadmill is enough to get me started. Sometimes I rebel in my mind right to the time I start the treadmill. I tell myself that I will just go slow and not exert any energy. I will just ‘show up’ but nothing else. I will go through the motions just so that I can say I did it.

It’s like I’m saying, “I might be standing on the treadmill, but in my mind I’m still in bed.”

And before I know it, the treadmill is going faster and faster and I’m getting a good morning workout, just because I ‘showed up’.

 show up

At the end of the workout, I feel so good about myself. I’m proud of myself because I honored a self-promise.

It’s the same with writing, with getting the negativity out of my mind. I guess either it’s not natural to be positive, or that there is so much negativity around that you have to make a conscious effort to go against the flow. I have to say though, that when I ‘show up’ on the positivity front, it puts me in a better mood for the rest of the day; it makes me more compassionate when I am not critical of others and it also makes me a more loving person.

Now that’s positive!

Today I am happy and grateful for

1. The most beautiful starlit night

2. Living in a place that I love

3. Fresh fruits and vegetables

4. Purple shoes

5. A photo of an eight year old me that sits on my desk.



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