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Positive stories wanted

Monday, March 9th, 2009

“It’s my birthday and I cry if I want to, cry if I want to…” But I didn’t want to! Friday, March 6th was my birthday (no, I’m not telling how old!) and I had an awesome party at home with many of my good friends.

We had a great time, ate empanadas, drank wine and shared stories into the wee hours. It was the best antidote to weeks of hearing bad news. And here’s my point: doing things you enjoy, even if they are small, is a great way to increase your energy. With a good level of energy you can be creative and think of ways in which you can take advantage of the bad economy. You can spend more time with your family and friends, you can think of a new business that makes sense right now, you can figure out how your skills can be used in a different industry.

None of these things are possible if you’re glued to the TV or the Internet reading all the reports about layoffs and the market collapse. Few positive thoughts will come out of hearing depressive story after depressing story. Most likely, it will make you feel depressed and paralyzed.

Let’s all rebel against this gloom and doom environment and start sharing our stories of positive contributions to our families, our friends, our communities. Things we are doing that we didn’t use to do and that makes us happy. Creative ways in which you are surviving this downturn and helping others along the way. Successful business launches.

It will take a lot of positive stories to start changing the downward spiraling path we are in, so we should start really quickly. Celebrating my birthday with a nice party despite the bad economic times, is one way to stay positive. Launching my initiative is certainly a bet on the future.