I see it still
Now does not see it yet
Then sees it
Still, I see it
It can be difficult to practice positivity amid hardships. When all we want is to be left alone. Brooding over what we cannot control. Sometimes, knowing we cannot control it. But still. Brooding may bring some acceptance. If we practice channeling this acceptance into actions that feed our desired outcome, it may translate to our expectations.
Such is the story of Maurier.
It was a cold evening. Cold, by the standards of the community. The rain poured down with intensity, combined with the distant humming of the neighborhood’s characteristic evening activities. The water came to Maurier's ears as music. Maurier loves the rain. She could smell the freshness. Taking away the discomfort of getting wet if outbound, she prefers the rains to any other nature's gifts.
She sighed. Things have been tough on the home front. She is only seventeen but has the responsibilities of a mature adult. With her dad having recently lost his job, her mom has had to support Maurier, her two siblings, and their dad. This is in addition to supporting herself. Maurier had successfully negotiated with her mom to use earnings from picture frames' sales at the store to pay for her overdue tuition. The last time they sold a piece of those frames was about two years ago. It seemed like an impossible feat. Still, Maurier has hope. Hope that she can't control if customers will come into the store to buy. But hope that she can make any customer that comes in to feel a bit better by smiling and intentionally being of help. The frames in the store were worth about $9,000. She needed $8,000 for tuition.
She willed her mind to accept the situation. Then, she played a ‘pretend’ game. She imagined that someone walked into the store with a need for the frames. That the person buys $5,000 worth of frames - she didn't want to overstretch the game. She sighed.
She started her evening ritual of arranging wares on the store shelves, dusting them, and singing to herself as she did. On her mind was the blissful picture of closing for the day, taking the half-hour walk home in the aftermath of the rain. She hoped with superb optimism that the rains would have stopped by the time she alighted from the 15-minute taxi drive from the store to the junction that leads to her home. In her bliss, she did not hear the banter that heralded the entry of two young men.
The wind from the rains flirted with her face as she turned towards a baritone voice "how much is that frame?" She looked more closely. The two young men looked like college boys or young graduates. The one that had asked the question was particularly looking intently into her eyes as if searching for a previously asked question. The eyes were smiling. Maurier returned the smile. The evening was perfect for some flirtation, she thought. "$69.99, she answered". He said "Perfect. Do you have up to 70 pieces?" Maurier nodded, too shocked to talk. The guy then proceeded to bring out his wallet and paid with a debit card. According to the guys, they belong to a group of 70 young adults. The group is having a party and the frames are to be gifted at the party.
The evening ended with the guys saying their goodbyes. Maurier diligently proceeded to close the store. She had just been taught a powerful practice of 'dogged positivity'. She could have imagined a sale of $8,000, she thought.
I encourage you to practice dogged positivity like Maurier. Unlike Maurier, don't limit the practice. Like Maurier, take care of your mind. You may be surprised to see, in reality, your imagination.
Worry can weigh a person down, but an encouraging word cheers a person up. 'Cornish’s Cheer' hopes to be an encouragement to people who are under pressure, feel lonely, discouraged, or rejected. I hope these writings impart cheer, and hope and help you flourish with patience, love, and sincerity. Be encouraged and cheered. Also, practice 'chanting' positive affirmations, which can be a powerful tool to help boost confidence.
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