A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.
A happy memory for me is sitting by myself, quiet with my office and/or art supplies, a stack of books, music in the background and a notebook or journal. I have tons of these things that I can't bring myself to throw out... there's too much great information in them... and many times more space to write as I can't seem to hold on to anything as tangible as an actual notebook. But they never really leave me. I'll find them, with pages left to write on, in the oddest places.
On it were a set of rules or mottoes I'd written for myself as follows:
- Stay focused on your goal; then the 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th goal.
- Follow through.
- Be grateful.
- Be kind.
- Be accepting.
- Be strong.
- Be a good friend and lover.
- Stay healthy--no colds!
I love how beautiful I am to myself sometimes. I wish I could remember to have more patience. I'm still working on some of the same goals I was in 2009 when I wrote this but I'm proud that I've accomplished many of them.
I believe Miss Lucy Larcom describes the experience of journaling better than I can when she says,
"A journal of the 'subjective' kind I have always thought foolish, as nurturing a morbid self -consciousness in the writer; and yet, alone so much as I am, it is well to have some sort of a ventilator from the interior".