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copyright Karen UlvestadPain and grief can be over-whelming, but a positive attitude is unstoppable!  From past issue, we have the opportunity to rise from the ashes like the Phoenix.  The past fades away, and we fall straight into life.  The past allows us to see the beauty in the world around us, and the release of the pain shows us true freedom.

Are these crazy words?  No!  The transformation from pain and suffering is simply a decision each of us makes when we get up in the morning (every day).  Our thoughts and emotions are powerful tools we can use to become fully aware people, that LOVE their lives.  Though I have gone through some painful issues, I love my life now.  I found this place of happiness, because I decided that there was something better than pain and suffering.  Why would I want to continue feeling bad about myself and others?  Why would anyone want to continue down a path like that?

Being positive is a choice.  I choose to find the positive even in the most challenging circumstances.  I have found that a positive attitude reduces stress in stress inducing situations.  I have the faith that the right people or circumstances will come into my life, when I need them.  Faith is much more than reading scripture or books or even prayer.  Faith is a knowing inside that all is well in one’s world.  It isn’t something to push on another.  It is a personal decision, that we all get to make.  It will look different to every person, because it reflects our own unique personality.  There is no “cookie cutter” for what faith is supposed to be.  It just is.

Now, belief is different from faith.  Belief is knowing something to live by.  It is the core of one’s being. . .the structure that one’s life is lived.  I believe that even in the darkest moment, that it is merely an opportunity for me to find a solution.

Being positive is based on being solution oriented.  I changed my outlook many years ago, when I worked in the corporate world (big airplane co).  I took all the classes I could take within the company.  The best one was “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”  I loved it.  I understood it, and that is saying a lot for a 95% visual learner.  I would recommend this to anyone who wants to change.  It’s not religious.  It is a business/life based philosophy.  It show how to decide on priorities, and focuses on solutions (not problems).  The book can be found in any book store.

I will write more on this topic later. . .

Love & Light to All. . .Karen

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