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The Power of Positivity


Today I want to talk about positivity.

There is too much hate in this world. I don't know why everyone gets so angry about every little thing. I get it...I get upset too.

There is so much negativity, everyone wants to have a say, and everyone wants their voice to be heard over the other 7 billion people in this world. I'm here to tell you--you aren't that special that the world has to stop for you to speak. Neither am I.

However, do you see how anger and negativity correlates with the horrible things that have been happening? All the shootings, riots (the non-peaceful ones), the hate toward a football player/team.... Of course, none of this hate just started. It's been lingering for many years and there have been awful things since the beginning of time.

We haven't learned from history, have we?

We are doomed to repeat it if we don't stop the hate.

I could care less what someone believes or doesn't believe, wears, has their hair, who they choose to love, gender, or race. What someone else does, isn't my business. It isn't my place to judge. I'm not in their shoes and haven't lived the life they have.

If we were all the same, the world would be pretty boring. We are all different and that's what makes this earth amazing to live on. We look different, we talk differently, we struggle differently, we don't show emotion the same, and we celebrate differently as well. That's the beauty of living and meeting new people.

Does anyone see beauty anymore?

Once we start seeing the beauty- the world automatically becomes more peaceful. More loving. More accepting.

The beauty lies within our differences.

I know it's silly to have as much hope as I do that this world will one day be peaceful. But it takes one person to show kindness to another-it begins to domino effect after that.

What happens to you when someone pays for your drink at Sonic or Starbucks or your meal at Chick-fil-a or Whataburger? You automatically want to do something nice for someone else. Wow!! Power of positivity, kindness, and seeing the beauty.

If someone does something to upset you, the anger builds and builds until you can't handle it anymore. So something snaps. You yell at a co-worker or someone you love. You feel bad about it later, but you were just sooooo angry. It could be worse. That anger that has built up in some-they take it to a higher level....then shootings begin. Anger, hate, negativity---bad bad words. Let's throw them out of your vocabulary and replace them with beauty, kindness, acceptance, positivity, and love.

If you have hate in your heart, you are hurting inside. I'm sorry you feel that way. But it's never too late to start seeing the beauty.

You have the power to show others the beauty, too.

Take for instance, in college, I was so stressed out and I was quick to anger. I was doing a photo shoot, and during that time in my life, I rarely smiled. Not because I was unhappy, but because I was overwhelmed and stressed out all the time. Music college is tougher than you think.

We were downtown, and the photographer was telling me to smile, and I said I'm not the smiling type. A small framed lady, who was dressed impeccably, walked right passed me, smiled and said, "you should be, you're beautiful." I don't know who she is, and given the fact I live in a small town, I've never seen her again. That was almost 10 years ago and I still remember her and what she told me.

The power of 1. One person changed me, how I felt, and my photos.

Be that person. Be the change. See the beauty.

Go out and show people the beauty today and everyday.

Fiddle on my friends!

Lacie


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