"So why not?" That was my thought when a local news reporter suggested that I start a blog about remaining positive and productive in the face of adversity.
It hasn’t always been my way, but over the past few years I’ve started to leave the friendly confines of cynicism and sarcasm for the less chartered land of Positivity. The news reporter had contacted the college I am currently enrolled in for my MBA, University of Phoenix, for an interview subject that could be a positive story in the midst of all of the doom and gloom with the current economy.
I’ve been working on my attitude ever since enrolling at UofP for my bachelors back in 2006 and it has apparently been noticed. During 2008, my beautiful wife had a heart attack (only 39 years old) and our house burned to the ground. Faculty and staff at campus watched as I kept my head up and moved forward with life. They seemed to think that warranted an interview so, OK.
While the reporter lead me with questions about dealing with adversity and making the most of every situation, I felt myself start to glow as I just let answers fly. There were times that I felt like I was channeling Jack Canfield as words that were not my creation began to flow with no effort. When we were done I felt like I had given birth to a self-help seminar and I was juiced about it!
The reporter says, "We should give you a segment about staying positive," to which I responded, "Cool! Let’s do it." I don’t have a segment yet, but she did make the suggestion to begin blogging, so here I am. It needs noting that the story did not come off as I had hoped. The reporter was angling for a story of job loss and reinvention in the current economy and took some creative liberties with the content. I had lost a job in 2006, nothing to do with this economy, and she squished that in with the house burning and my wife’s heart attack in 2008. Truthfully, it didn’t bother me that bad because I do feel reinvented, but my wife and I have had to explain the full truth for weeks since. Oh well. Hopefully it helped somebody. Anyway, we will just have to see where this goes though I would like to see blogs about real-life content and a certain way of thinking and acting to craft the life you want. I have a heart for seeing others reach farther and my life’s mission is to inspire the pursuit of unlimited potential. God willing, that’s what will happen with this as it’s start. Be your best, PJ