You pass a co-worker in the hall and ask, “How are you doing?” Typical responses are:
“Not too bad.”
“It could be worse.”
“It’s party cloudy.”
What do all these responses have in common? They each contain some form of negativity. Are our lives really that bad? Mine isn’t but I still fall into the trap every now and then. My typical response is, “I’m well and you?” That still isn’t as good as it should be.
I’m great! I’m terrific! I’m wonderful!
Why don’t you respond like that? Here’s why…
You aren’t happy with yourself. But, why not? You woke up this morning. You had enough food to eat if you chose to take time for breakfast. You have a job. You have a family and a roof over your head. Your life is great.
Why are people in third world countries with fewer material blessings happier than you? They enjoy life for what it is. It’s an opportunity to enjoy what we have instead of worrying about what we don’t have. Relish those small moments in life that happen so you can enjoy the memories forever.
One older gentleman I knew always responded to the “How are you doing?” question with one response: “Terrific!” Even his last day on this earth, I’m told Jack was still terrific. Nothing got him down. He enjoyed his life. He looked forward to his future eternity in heaven.
Friends and family celebrated the life of another dear friend just the other day. Joni lived for several years with cancer but never let it extinguish her room-lighting smile. Joni was the ultimate example of how to live with a terminal illness.
She enjoyed every moment of life. She enjoyed her time with her family and friends. She enjoyed her time with cancer. I’m told Joni said she was thankful for her cancer because it made her closer to God. How many of us are that strong to have that attitude?
You may be busy enough at work to cause you stress. You may be driving an older car. You might even struggle to pay all your bills each month. You can still be terrific.
Being terrific is just an attitude adjustment away. You can be happy. You can even rub off on people and make them happy. Smiles are contagious. Do you want to be the cause of others’ happiness or misery. It’s up to you.
The next time you’re asked, “How are you doing today?” I hope you answer with “Terrific!”