The good times can easily become clouded by the negative experiences we hold on to. Today, let’s make a pact with ourselves to remember and prioritize the good times, the happy memories, and the positive parts of our past. Maybe, then, a little more hope would flood our heart.
“The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.” – William James
Prioritizing (Authentic) Happiness
I prioritize the happy memories.
Living with love is about laughing, not despite the hardships but because there is still love to be given and received. It’s about continually learning and embracing each season of our lives.
With courage and hope, both of which can be practiced and grown, we can build resilience without losing the love and the lessons. We can look back and remember that difficult part of the journey, and still have reverence for it because it’s a valuable part of the whole life experience.“… Sometimes, good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” – Marilyn Monroe tell a friend
It’s easy to stay positive when everything is going your way, but it’s vital that you prioritize the positive when you have every reason to be negative. I’m not talking about false positivity, either; darkness has its place too.
It’s just that, sometimes, it’s too easy to be negative (trust me, I know) and we end up getting stuck there, perpetuating more darkness than is helpful.
What have you learned from this? How have you grown? Where have you found meaning? What can you hope for? Who can you help? In what ways can you open yourself to receive what you need?
It’s healthy to recognize the darkness. It’s empowering to rise up through it and move forward with a deeper sense of appreciation for the lighter moments.
By shining your light, not because of the darkness you’ve known but because of it, you encourage others to do the same.
Positive Reflections for Present Strength
I place my attention on positive aspects of my past.
Don’t let any mistake, negative experience, tragedy, or bad moment make you forget about the good times in your life. This is much easier said than done, especially when the wound is fresh, but it’s absolutely essential to a life deeply and richly lived.
Life can’t be compartmentalized without us, too, feeling broken. Good is mixed in with the bad, and light is more prominent because of the dark.
If you can savor the good times and reminisce about past happiness as if it were present, right here and right now, you break down the walls of time and travel without restriction—you make that joy eternally accessible by recognizing it as a constant.
Regardless of what we think about joy, I believe it’s a constant that might just require a little digging from time to time. Regardless of what we think about love, I don’t believe it’s something that can be limited or destroyed.“All healing is essentially a release from fear.” — A Course in Miracles tweet this
For a good, long moment today, reflect on the goodness of your life. Remember the love. Feel appreciation sink into your bones. Visualize healing energy sweeping through every shadow.
Make your reflections present-moment realities, and then go out into the world and be a messenger of love. The world needs that.
Cherish the Good Times
I remember why life is beautiful.
This affirmation is an ode to the good times—past, present, and future. No matter what has happened back then, no matter what is happening right now, and no matter what might happen in the future, don’t forget the beauty that lingers, even still.“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out, it’s the pebble in your shoe.” — Muhammad Ali tweet this
Being authentically happy doesn’t involve ignoring the negative; it means honoring every “side” as though it were a valuable part of the whole. By dwelling in a state of wholehearted positivity, you begin to radiate that positive energy, and you invite more in life to smile about and grow truly, deeply thankful for.
Look for something to smile about, even the smallest of things and even when you have to look a little harder. Then sit with that piece of beauty, love, or contentment and let it work its way through you until you feel a little more whole. Because life is more than just one piece, one experience, or one fact.
Life is full of mysteries. Having a greater reverence for what you don’t know brings passion and connection to the surface. That’s when life starts to feel a whole lot more meaningful, wondrous, and rich.
The rest is still unwritten.
Let me know:
What good times are you cherishing today?
Share any positive reflections, life lessons, or words of wisdom and love with me in the comments.
Share this affirmation with someone you love today.
The love is yours to remember and keep spreading. Return to it often.
Free watercolor texture by cgarofani; lettering by Aim Happy.