Positive Posts: Alice Shepherd.

“Positive Posts” are guest posts on Adventures with Mr. C: other writers sharing their stories about positivity, happiness and joy to help and encourage others. 

Today’s Positive Post is written by: Alice Shepherd.

Ashley invited me to write a post for her beautiful blog and I could not wait to get to work! What a great way to connect and expand your horizon. What should I write about? What is important? The most important thing I can think of is happiness. But how do we reach happiness? We make a choice and we stick with it; that’s how!

About two weeks ago, I decided that it was time for me to get my hair done. I have serious trust issues with hair dressers from bad experiences and so I had dyed and even cut my hair myself for the past two years. I called up a friend and asked her for a hair dresser she trusts, she gave me the number and 5 minutes later I had an appointment for the following day – one day before New Year’s Eve! I was super excited after all it had been over 2 years since I had gotten my hair done professionally. After a night of tossing and turning in anticipation of my new look, I got up early the next day and checked in right on time at 10am. Well, I guess I should say I tried to check in.

The receptionist had never heard my name before and didn’t know of my appointment whatsoever. Turns out, the appointment got cancelled for some reason and a day before NYE it was nearly impossible to just squeeze someone in between customers.

It happens, not a biggie! Wasn’t her fault after all! I got put down for the next day, thanked her and went about my day. That easy, right? Only that it wasn’t that easy at all… I was furious! I wanted to tell that lady off, let her have it! Are you kidding me? Why would you cancel my appointment? And what do you mean you can’t squeeze me in, it was my turn in the first place! Not my problem if you can’t get your things straight! I spent all this time driving here and now you tell me that was for nothing? I wanted to scream, I wanted to cry, I wanted my hair done!

So I stomped back to my car thinking of all these mean things I could have said. Would my hair look any different? Probably not, but I would have felt better, right? No! I would have felt better if I’d gotten my hair done but my hair was a mess either way so what in the world is a girl supposed to do to calm her nerves when she gets stood up by her hair dresser?! Let it go and go to Starbucks. You don’t have to go to Starbucks but for heaven’s sake LET IT GO!

Yes, it sucks to be stood up but there is nothing I could have possibly said or done, that would have changed the fact that I wasn’t going to get my hair done that day. What use does being mad at someone or something have? None at all! Someone very smart and most probably very happy once said:

“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”

I had to make a decision there and then that I would either be grumpy for the rest of the day and let the receptionist have it first thing the next morning or enjoy a Triple Grande Coconut Latte and go home. I hadn’t redeemed my free drink thanks to my Starbucks Gold membership yet, so the decision was rather easy!

The old saying ‘If you cannot be positive, at least be quiet’ is gold! We don’t always have to speak our minds but most importantly, if you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts, turn down the volume and smile. Negativity brings nothing but more reasons to be negative about. Life is too beautiful to dwell on things that didn’t go your way.

When I arrived at the salon the next day, I was treated like a queen, got a discount on the cut and the blow dry for free AND I bought myself another Triple Grande Coconut Latte as a reward for being so mature HA!

**All the credits for this post go to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who gives me the strength to stay calm when life happens and the inspiration to write about it.**

 

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Alice was born and raised in Berlin, Germany and currently lives together with her husband in Sugar Land, TX. She works as an admin assistant for a small oil and gas company and occupies her free time crafting, reading, and traveling. After surrendering her broken marriage to God, Alice became a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, and made it her mission to help restore, strengthen, and bring hope into relationships as a certified marriage mentor. She teaches her message of hope on her blog ‘Alice’s Blessed Life.

 

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