Weeds or flowers?

I consider myself a positive person. I look the bright side of things, and tend to say “it could be worse…”

I do have times of deep disappointment, when it is easy to let negativity build up. Those are the times that self-doubt and insecurity creep in, or I start having one of those “if it can go wrong, it will” kind of days.

I ran across an interesting quote this weekend that I can’t get out of my mind.

“Your mind is like a garden: if you do not deliberately cultivate flowers, weeds will grow automatically without any effort on your part. If you do not deliberately plant and cultivate positive thoughts, negative thoughts will grow in their place. This simple metaphor about the garden explains why so many people are unhappy and don’t know why.”

That’s from a book called Kiss that Frog: 12 Great Ways to Turn Negatives into Positives in Your Life and Work by Brian Tracy and Christina Tracy Stein.

What an incredible illustration. Deliberately plant and cultivate positive thoughts. Be intentional. I keep bumping up against that word lately.

I have two friends who are suffering unbelievable health issues, and yet, I am uplifted when I am with them. I leave smiling and feeling hopeful because their positive attitude is contagious.

They approach each day as a blessing, an opportunity for good things to happen. They are cultivating those flowers and there are no weeds in their gardens!

I plan to get busy planting flowers and pulling up the weeds in my garden. I want to be the catalyst for good things in the people I meet today.

What flowers will you cultivate today?