hi, my name is susie silver lining.
if you know me, or follow me on any sort of social media, you may notice (or i hope you notice!) the absence of negative or snarky posts/tweets/etc. this is intentional in every way. you see, i have a philosophy that my attitude is the most important thing about me. and my personality and my writing better reflect that.
when i was younger, my dad told all of us kids that we needed to tape the following statement to the insides of our bedroom doors, so that we would see it before we started our days:
i thought dad was really silly back then, because who cares about stupid motivational quotes DAD? but wouldn’t you know it, this one stuck.
it made such an impact that this quote is now hanging on the wall of my cubicle at work (let’s be honest, it’s easy to get a baditude at work). i look at it every single day, and i let it shape my behavior. before i get upset with something, i think to myself, is this worth it? spoiler alert: it’s usually not.
this might piss some people off. sometimes you just want to vent and you don’t want somebody like me telling you what the silver lining of every situation is. i’m sure some of my friends get really annoyed with me over this trait. i know it’s easier to vent about things, and you know what? sometimes it feels damn good to vent. therapeutic even. but there are other ways to get rid of your pent up frustration or anger. write. walk. jog. love on your husband. do yoga. sing in the shower. cook.
do i always succeed in keeping up a good attitude? no. hell to the no. i have my share of days where everything going on around me makes me feel like i don’t have the energy to have a positive attitude. but i find that once i let my attitude slip to the negative side, the things in my life that are causing that feeling seem even bigger and it’s that much harder to get out of the slump.
i mentioned last week that i am dreading some upcoming stuff at work. so i needed a little reminder to accentuate the positive and not let my attitude make things worse. you better believe that i will be looking up at these words a lot in the next few weeks so i don’t forget that i’m in control of only one thing, so i better make the right choice with it.
(there might be one or a few cocktails involved to help the process along too.)