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I have noticed that in recent days it has not taken much for my mood to change from positive/optimistic to frustrated and downtrodden. I have not been a fan of how much it has been happening. Generally, I am extremely optimistic and peppy about life. I like being like that. It keeps me going even during the rough patches. I have been trying to figure out what needs to change so that I can continue to be the peppy person that I have the tendency to be. I don't know that I have figured out exactly what needs to change, but I feel like I am taking steps in the right direction.

I found a quote today that I think is going to be helpful. It should help keep things in perspective!
Dennis & Wendy Mannering once said, "Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?"

I suppose at first glance, this isn't the most astounding quotation ever, but at the same time, if you stop to think about it, it is quite profound. If you have a negative attitude, why would people want to be around you? Enthusiasm, joy, happiness, etc are contagious. I would hope that my family, friends, and coworkers see me as an enthusiastic and upbeat person. If I really analyze what's been going on in my life, it's not that bad. I am very blessed live the life I do. I have an amazing family, a wonderful boyfriend, caring friends, and great coworkers. I have an adorable dog. My goal is to start focusing on the good and learn to move past the frustrating elements. They are bound to happen, but there is no reason I have to let them get me down.

Wishing you all a blessed day!


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