Isn’t it funny how life can slap us on the side of the head when we’re least expecting it? Recently, I’ve been watching world news intently. There are wars going on—-outbreaks happening—-new laws put in motion, while old laws are questioned. Studies show a person consistently keeping up with news—-whether broadcast or on paper—- depression is likely to set in. After watching the news recently—-I can see why. From bullying by women in the workplace—-to military widows remarrying and exploiting the government by re-filing for benefits when they divorce their civilian husbands over and over—-to people becoming ill from infectious disease outbreaks—-gloom and doom seem to be the best two consistently chosen topics.

I’ve always been told the most attractive accessories are confidence and a positive attitude! Yet how do we keep a positive attitude among the negative headlines? My answer hit me when I least expected it!

The other evening—-on a lucky streak I didn’t know I’ve been on—-I was invited to attend a children’s production of Sesame Street. Front row seats to view Elmo, Big Bird, Bert & Ernie, Cookie Monster and a host of their friends. I was hesitant to agree to go—-however time spent with the most incredible 5 and 2 year old on the planet is never a bad thing. Right? Should I be scared?

As we were escorted to our seats, we heard the speaker announce the show would begin in 15 minutes. With wild anticipation, all of the children sparked twinkles and smiles! The show began full of dancing, singing and laughter! To my surprise, most with a dance beat even adults could enjoy. By the last song, the 2 year old was sitting in my lap. We were dancing in our chairs and clapping to the beat!

It was at that moment I realized how one can stay positive in this world of negativity. Look at the world through the eyes of a child. The colors are vibrant—-the theories simple—-smile and dance to great music! Children are not critical or judgmental—-those are learned character traits that unfortunately some people pass on from generation to generation. I looked at the ear to ear smile of the 2 year old boy sitting in my lap—-giggling—-bright eyed—-the positive cure to the negative question.

The most attractive accessories are confidence and a positive attitude. Although a genuine smile is mixed in there too! If you can’t find those on your own—-look to a child for assistance!

We are only in this world for a short time—-embrace it—-smile—-see the positive—-and strut!