Do You Want Positive Vibes?

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Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. KEEP……YOUR……FRIENDS……CLOSE……AND……YOUR……ENEMIES……CLOSER! What does this really mean? Why does this phrase exist? For a while now, I have been picking this phrase apart, in hopes that I could justify its existence. After many attempts, I still can’t understand why the phrase is so prevalent in the lives of many individuals.   A lot of people walking this earth, are wondering why so much negative energy surrounds them. It is probably because they continue, to keep their enemies closer to them than their friends. A large portion of the negative experiences that people have, usually have something to do with the individuals who they openly or secretly consider as their enemies.   In life, there are many things we can’t control. But one thing we can control is the people we keep around us. We always want positive vibes, but we continuously welcome negative energy into our positive spaces. “If we want positive vibes, why would we keep our enemies close?”   You may be someone who believes that you should keep your enemies close. Don’t believe that myth. There is no need for you to be on edge, every time you’re around your “enemies”. Start to bring your friends closer, instead of your enemies. Build stronger connections with the people that actually want to see you flourish. Begin the process of restoring your energy, so that positivity can be with you everywhere you go.

Open Your Eyes

62CFB3CD-578B-4A0D-ADB3-198575DA0CC2I remember the moments where I did not want to get out of bed. I was not a fan of facing reality and I wanted to magically get rid of my responsibilities. I knew that a genie did not live within this universe, so I couldn’t wish my problems away. I had to face them. During those moments of facing my problems, I became more upset. The reason why I became more upset, was because I felt that these problems were going to continue forever. 

When we face problems over and over and over, it takes a toll on our bodies, our minds, and our spirits. When this happens, we begin to look for a sign or ask a higher power to send us a sign. We want that sign to show us that things will change. When things don’t change in the time we want it to, we repeat this process of sign searching and sign waiting over and over and over. As we do this over and over, we hit our breaking point, which can lead us to the land of giving up. When we reach the land of giving up, we may feel like we can’t go on anymore. You may be on the verge of reaching that point or you may be at that point right now. I am here not asking, but demanding you to not give up. That sign that you have been effortlessly searching and waiting for is closer than you think. 

I am here to tell you that “when you open your eyes, it’s the first sign.” This sign lets you know that you have a purpose to be here. It also lets you know that you have the strength to overcome anything that comes your way. Life is going to bring us problems and disappointments. You need to remain positive and believe that you have the ability to change your situation. Something as small as looking in the mirror and telling yourself that you won’t let your problems affect you, can be the change that you need. You already possess the signs that you want and need. You just have to trust that they are there and that they will show you that your life has meaning.

Personal Day

818093B8-32C7-4A5E-89BD-6729B4091451When people talk about personal days, many of them have their own version of what a personal day is. Some people see a personal day as a chance to just relax. Other people use a personal day to catch up on a bunch of errands they need to complete. You even have those individuals, who use personal days to take a small vacation somewhere. These can seem like the ideal ways to spend your personal day, but what if you did something different? What if you took a moment to reflect on who you are as a person? What if you used that personal day to create change in your life? 

Sometimes we await these personal days to escape the reality that we face day in and day out. But why should you have to always feel that way? Instead of taking that vacation, being overwhelmed by errands, or even using that personal day to relax, “Take a personal day to get real personal with yourself”

When you’re getting real personal with yourself, you shouldn’t hold back. Take that time to dig deep and find out what is going on at the core of your soul. Take a look at the most negative parts about yourself and reflect on how it could be hindering your success and/or your happiness. Those negative factors could be the clog that is preventing your progression from flowing. 

When looking deep inside, you may get emotional, angry, confused, or even a word I like to call emotionedout. That means that your working towards becoming a better you. Your searching for those different parts, that can influence negativity, laziness, and fear. 

You may feel that you need to improve in different areas of your life, so why not start that improvement now. Last week you might have made many people feel completely bad about themselves. After thinking about what you could have done differently, use that knowledge to make a change. Something as small as a bad attitude, could be holding you back from meeting those people and having those experiences, that can add value to your life. 

Growth happens when we decide to make a change. Personal days should not only be used for temporary satisfaction. Use those personal days to create long-lasting happiness and success within all aspects of your life.

Take A Moment

212EFFAC-18E2-4DE5-930F-7156BE508A4DLast night, I left Hyland Hall and began my small journey back to my apartment. As I was walking, I checked my phone and seen that it was 12:25am. Because I had to be up the next morning at 5 a.m., I started to complain about the amount of sleep I was going to get. I then continued to complain, about having to drive an hour to work. 

This behavior of complaining continued for a couple of minutes, until something in my mind encouraged me to stop. I immediately asked myself “what am I doing?” I began to tell myself that I should be grateful for where I am and what I have. I then reminded myself of all the things I was grateful for, and I found myself in a better mood than I was 10 minutes ago. 

We are all human and we all have moments where we complain. But if you find yourself complaining more often than usual, “take a moment to stop complaining, and be grateful for where you are and what you have.” Some people would love to have the car, that makes a lot of noise when it’s driven. They would love to have the apartment with the broken coach and the occasional working sink. They would love to have only $15 for food for the entire week. They would love to have a job, where it took an hour to get there. 

Complaining is only going to lead to more complaining. When you complain more, it can put you in a negative mood. Being in a negative mood can easily lead to negative outcomes. Get off the negative train and stop yourself from reaching that destination. By acknowledging the things you are grateful for, you won’t have any reason to complain

Just ask WHY

A03D9406-0860-426C-82A2-1E40B7A4AD48When I decided that I wanted to create Inlightenment, I had to begin by asking myself WHY. In order to do that, I had a small conversation with myself, where my voice was talking to my mind. The conversation went a little something like this:

My voice: Hey what’s up Marsh. You seem real excited about this Inlightenment thing, WHY?

My mind: The reason I am excited about it,
is because I get the chance to use different ideas to inspire and motivate people to create change within their lives. It’s a great opportunity for me to create something, where there is a variety of ideas to play with.

My voice: That seems interesting. So why do you want to inspire and motivate people?

My mind: Well, I feel that the world can be very negative at times, and a lot of people don’t have any form of positivity to turn to. That is where Inlightenment comes in. Inlightenment will be able to give them a spark of positivity, in hopes of that positivity sparking something within themselves to make a change for themselves. I want everyone to be happy with who they are and where they are in life. If they are not happy, I want people to remain positive and start the process of getting to the level of happiness they seek. Change is important, and for most people it can’t happen if it’s rooted within negativity.

Because I started off by asking myself WHY, I was able to create Inlightenment. Because of Inlightenment, I am able to write this message to you today. “WHY is a powerful word that can steer you in the right direction. Start using it.”

If something didn’t go right this week, ask yourself WHY. That “why” can lead to the whats and the how’s that can be helpful in coming up with an answer to your “why”. If you didn’t get that job or internship you wanted, call or email that employer back and ask them why. If you didn’t win first place in a competition, ask the judges why.

Sometimes we want so many answers to many different questions, but we can’t get them. If you have the chance to get an answer to your WHY, you should take that opportunity to get that answer. Don’t have your mind cluttered with WHY knots. WHY knots are a bunch of WHY’s tangled together into this knot of confusion. Untangled those WHY knots by asking that WHY question, so that you can begin to head in the right direction.