Positivity and a very special gratitude

I always say that attitude is everything. Facing life with the appropriate attitude is the first step to success and happiness in anything.

For me, positivity is different from optimism. Optimism means always looking at the bright side of things. It’s a perpetual focus on positive feelings. There’s nothing wrong with optimism, but personally I am not an optimistic person.

I am a positive person. Positivity means focusing on the good, but still being realistic. In essence, I suppose you could call me a positive realist.

The problem with being a positive realist is that you must have positivity coming into your life once in a while in order to maintain a positive attitude. You cannot maintain positivity if you only have negativity coming back to you. For the most part, what you put out into the world is what you will get back. Ergo, putting out positivity returns positivity to you. Unfortunately there are some times when you give and give and give and never get back.

Dear life, 

Would you please cut me a break sometime soon? Let one single thing go right and I will be okay. 

I don’t have much left to give, so please let it come soon. 

Best regards, 


Since I never explained before, I write posts about what I’m grateful for in life because it’s mentally and emotionally beneficial to acknowledge the good things in your life as often as possible. It’s helpful when you wish to have a positive focus in life. Some people do this mentally, thanking God for their blessings. I’m not religious, so I’m not thanking God. It doesn’t matter that I don’t believe that God has given me the good things in my life; I am perfectly capable of being thankful for these things without having to think they came from God.

With that said, I would like to acknowledge one special thing in my life right now. I have more that I’m grateful for, but this is special and I just want to write a little bit about it.

My best friend “A.”

I met A a few years ago at a coffee shop. I’m quite the invert, so I don’t meet people very often or make friends very easily. This friendship has been very special to me over the years, though, and I feel extremely lucky to have it at all. If not for her outgoing and friendly nature, I never would have met her except in brief passing.

Over the years we have grown very close and have become true friends. She and I know that people come and go in life, but no matter where we each go when we eventually head out on our separate life paths, we will always be friends and we will never lose touch or drift apart.

Our friendship has meant so much to us both and we thank each other frequently.

Right now we are both going through something difficult, but we are going through it together and that means the world to me. Even if neither of us can offer much hope or encouragement, we know we have each other’s friendship and we’re not alone in this.

I am so very grateful for her true and loyal friendship over the years. I know that even if I were to lose everything else in my life, I have this wonderful and genuine friendship no matter what.


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