I’ve got a PLAN and I hope you will join me. See if you can agree with at least some of the sentiments in the next paragraph?
Life on Planet Earth can be difficult and challenging much of the time. Many times, unexpectedly, disappointment creeps into our lives – along with regret, guilt, physical pain, emotional pain, disease, financial hardships, broken relationships, road rage and yes, even death. These things (and many more) just show up uninvited and they tend to wreak havoc with us. Can you agree with at least some of this?
I’ve got GREAT news! We are in charge of our emotions. The only way negativity can creep into our consciousness is if we ALLOW it to come in. The problem is I think we somehow find comfort in our suffering. We like to talk about it, we like to post about it on social media, we like to blog about it, we allow it to make us angry and all that working together can bring a big cloud of negativity over our head. Ladies and Gentlemen: This MUST not be! Let’s not hold onto to all that (very real) pain and suffering any more!
Am I mad, you might ask? Well not at the moment but give me a little time and I probably will be. Am I going off the rails on the crazy train of denial? No. Well kinda. Sort of. All this difficulty and all these challenges are very REAL and I certainly am NOT in denial about that. But why can’t we take the bull by the horn, why can’t we tell this hefty hippo to take a hike, why can’t we be more like Baloo? Baloo the Bear. From the Jungle Book – the Disney cartoon from waaay back in 1967 before most of you were born. My favorite animated Disney movie.
If you have never watched The Jungle Book – the version I mentioned above – stop reading NOW and go find it and give it a watch! Some of the characters are burdened by life in the jungle – and then Baloo the Bear sets them straight with a song and dance and more rhythm than I could possibly muster in a lifetime. Here are just a small portion of the lyrics:
You’ve got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between
You’ve got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium…
From Accentuate The Positive, lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Got problems at home, problems at work, problems at church? Is life kicking you in the butt and the weight of it all is weighing HEAVY? Deal with it and then let it go! Go watch Baloo sing this fun song and then sing along with him. And then go spread your joy to the maximum. Give your smiles away.
And the world will be a BETTER place. For you and me. I’m positive!
With a big ‘ole SMILE on my ugly face,
ps: Count it ALL joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds. James 1:2