Many of you know I focus a lot on positive vibes, and keeping yourself motivated and happy. What's interesting is that for most it's easier to focus on the negatives, especially those with low self-esteem, and honestly it's tiresome. It sucks out energy, makes you less productive, and sometimes can deeply affect you mentally and physically. So what can you do about it?
Don't let negativity be the focus of your life.
Easier said than done, am I right? Maybe, but really it's good to have negative experiences or thoughts because everybody does. Now this isn't me saying "if Simon did something bad, you should do the same". Not at all. What I'm focusing on is empathy, sympathy, and personal growth. We as humans all go through negative moments in our lives, and it's one of those few things that truly connect us. It's what you do with that negative energy that's important. Always remind yourself of the positives in life. Make it part of your daily life. Things in life may seem to be negative at first glance, but through the strangest manners they can be turned into blessings. Negativity can...
keep you humble
provide you with a purpose to keep moving forward
but only if you learn to use it to your advantage.
Emotions are contagious. The subjects and people you surround yourself with will impact you whether you realize it or not. Now to end this on a positive note, the weather today is SO MUCH COOLER than it has been. I love cool weather, as it makes it much easier to paint and enjoy the process. My grandfather-in-law also said something wonderful this past Sunday that I want to share with you as I feel it involves us all: What you're doing, pursuing this life of art which is filled with uncertainties and possibilities, is very brave of you. It's one thing to certainly take "the easy way out", but to actually pursue something you're quite aware you may not succeed in all for the sake of passion is marvelous. I applaud you, and know you'll change the world in your own way.
Thank you Grandpa Joel, and my dearest friends and family whom continue to support me and remind me that my dreams and uncertainties are not foolish, but courageous.