You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.
C. JoyBell C.

It seems like most often the opposite of being positive isn’t really being negative, it’s being bitter. And bitterness is a weight that none of us can carry quitely.

Whether it’s a chip on our shoulder or a crack in our heart, bitterness spreads. It’s an emotion we think we can hide, we think we can control, but really, if we allow it to exist at all we give it a power over us.

Where does it come from and why is it so consuming?

For me bitterness comes primarily from two places: envy and unforgiveness. In my experience both are polluting, but unforgiveness has been much harder to get over. I think it’s because we will eventually see that we are in the wrong when it comes to envy and jealousy, but when we’ve been wronged, when we’ve been hurt, it’s sometimes easier to play the victim than to move on.

The sad thing about this is, of course, that when we're busy playing the victim, we don't give ourselves room to play the heroine. When we allow ourselves to set camp in unforgiveness we don't get to step forward into all the joy and adventure that could be waiting ahead. We become a prisoner of the past.

Here's the beautiful, miraculous truth though: we were made to live in freedom. Any chains of bitterness that we allow to hinder us aren't locked on, they're like untied ropes that can be shaken off with even the smallest effort.

We just have to be willing to make it.

What's getting in the way of you and positivity? What's making you bitter? Isn't it getting heavy?

What could you pick up if you weren't lugging it around anymore?

Being positive means being hopeful, it means feeling excitement about what's next and thankfulness for what's right now.

It's easy to think of positivity of an unnecessary emotion, it's easy to live in a world of sarcasm and bitterness, but the truth is - being positive is one of the most free states we can exist in.

How will you choose to be positive? And how will it change your your world?

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