Positive Thinking takes conscious effort as you retrain your mind to minimize negativity. Trying to see good in everything and everyone can be a struggle some days so I want to highlight small moments of positivity that I see as I live day to day. These moments are featured as "Heart Smiles".
The folks in my department are a pretty close bunch. Most of them have worked at the facility over 20 years and have worked in the same department together over 10 years. Because of these relationships they freely share triumphs and trials with one another. When I joined the department in May 2014 I fell right into place with the group and we're all pretty close.
My coworker's mother has had a rough time this past year. The passing of her ex-husband (my coworker's father) with whom she still had a very positive relationship, being blindsided by a divorce filing by her current husband of 16 years, and decreasing physical health have all taken a toll on her psychological state. This morning my coworker shared with us that he had accompanied his mother to a meeting regarding the divorce proceedings; it was very grim occasion inclusive of a battle for the shared home where his mother currently lives and his step-father had abandoned when he left. His mother was refusing to leave the home despite living at least an hour away from family members and having no assistance with her deteriorating health. His step-father suggested charging his mother rent to remain in the home even though they own the home together. After hearing about the meeting I offered to say a prayer for my coworker and his mother regarding the situation; he was sincerely thankful for the gesture.
Less than three hours after sharing his experience my coworker came to my office proclaiming that God is good. He excitedly told me that his mother called saying she had thought about the situation and that she wanted to move out of the house to be closer to family, her husband could buy her out of the home. The look on my coworker's face and the excitement in his voice made my heart both jump and smile. There is nothing that God can't do if we just believe.