You know, it’s been difficult to get in the habit of writing here often. I love to write but I’m not always inspired to do so and part of the point of this blog was to get myself in the habit of writing, even when I’m not in the mood. Not going as well as I had hoped but then, new habits aren’t always easy. Breaking old ones is even harder.

Lately, I’ve been trying to break the habit of negative thinking. I’m not silly enough to think I’ll get to a point where I’ll never have another negative thought but negative thoughts outnumber positive ones and I’d like to change that. I think I’d be happier and less of my hair would fall out. While I’ve been working on this, I’ve noticed how easy it is to fall into the negative thinking of others. It’s so, so easy to let that kind of thinking take you over and I think it makes for a lot of unhappiness. I’ve also noticed how very contagious a smile can be. I’ve waited on customers who seem to be in a somewhat stressed out mood and at the end, I’ve looked them in the eyes and smiled and watched as they realized someone was genuinely smiling at them and so they can’t help but smile also. They leave with that smile still lingering on their lips and their heads held just a little bit higher than when they came in. Smiles are truly contagious. But so are frowns. I don’t want to be one of those people spreading around frowns. So I work at it and work at it. I allow myself to fail and then work even harder. I know one day, I’ll get it down. It’ll be a habit. A good one.