When People Meet You What Do They See?

San Clemente Business owner, Aileen Brazeau attends the annual Alzheimer's fundraiserI was searching for something to inspire this blog post and as I read many of the headlines, the words began to make me feel a little sad. Everything is so fraught with anxiety these days. It can be difficult to see there is good in the world.

Then I came across this quote from Andrew Carnegie
“A sunny disposition is worth more than fortune. Young people should know that it can be cultivated; that the mind like the body can be moved from the shade into sunshine.”

I believe this is what I try to show the world. I work in an industry that sometimes has more than the normal share of bad news. When you work with an aging population, there is plenty of joy to go around and inspire. But there are times when people fall ill or pass away, and certainly those are not joyful times.

I try my best to keep a positive attitude, a smile on my face and maintain what Andrew Carnegie might call a sunny disposition. No matter what, I will do what I can to make people feel valued, cared for and important. I have days when that’s easier than others, and yes, I have some days when I just don’t feel very sunny. Overall, no matter how I feel in the moment, I do my best to remember that I have much to be thankful for and I put a smile back on my face.

What do people see when they meet you? If they see someone who looks angry and stressed out then perhaps you should make it a priority to take care of yourself. To do something that will make you feel better. If you can muster up the energy, take a walk and make a list of things you can feel good about. Call a friend and have a chat.

Look at your reflection as you walk by a store window and see yourself as a stranger might see you. Then let yourself smile. That could change your day. Smile, and perhaps people will smile back and you may just feel a little better.

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