Is there something that people have said about you that stands out in your mind? Perhaps something you can draw upon when you're having "one of those days"? Something that people have noticed...and acknowledged... that makes you who you are?
For as long as I can remember people have told me I have a way of taking a less than favorable situation and making it better. This not only touches my heart, but on those days when it might be easier to say to heck with the bright side it helps me remember how important it is to keep perspective.
Isn't it nice when people take the time to let you know little things like that? That got me thinking about how just a smile or a kind word or two can really impact another person and how important it is to me to not only live my life in this way, but to try and instill it in the students I work with as well.
Let's try a little experiment...tomorrow try to tell at least one person something that you admire about them. Pick someone who won't expect it. That person in the office who grates on your nerves? Find something about them that you admire and let them know it. The family member who keeps doing that thing that irritates you? Tell them something kind. And be genuine...there is nothing worse than a phony compliment! You might be surprised at the effect it has not only on your recipient, but on you as well.
And keep me posted, I would love to hear how this goes if you give it a try.