April 6, 2017
Sometimes you just have to give an exaltation on top of a rock. I've officially made it back home to Cleveland. It's sad that the road trip portion of the #moospiritquest is over but my spirit quest is far from finished. So many life lessons were learned and I've walked away from this experience with a new perspective and a more productive and life-affirming outlook. PMA, "Positive Mental Attitude." How truly revolutionary that acronym is! Nothing can be more important to me than PMA!
One of the big things I've taken away from all this solitude and time to reflect is that it benefits me to stay positive and in almost all cases, negativity and getting upset, angry and worked up, actually make the situation worse and more unbearable. What a simple thing. So common sense. It isn't always easy and I've been tested more in the last 5 days, but the space is there to change, adapt and evolve. I feel the negativity, recognize it, make the decision to change my mental attitude and then change. That change could be thinking of something that makes me happy or getting outside for a moment so I can be reminded of all the beauty around me.
I've found, it isn't that hard to change my mindset as long as I've made the conscious decision to change and when my mind is feeling extra stubborn, a quick reminder that there is nothing to be gained from my freak out and in fact possibly something to lose from it, I can usually flip the script on how I was thinking. I'm a work-in-progress though so I know it's going to take some diligence on my part to cultivate this change in my mind and in my life.
"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." -George Bernard Shaw