Monday, January 19, 2009

How to be happy or at least fake it

I am a religious conservative. I did not vote for Obama. Despite that I would love to relish in the history and excitement of this new week. I would love to feel the dawning of a new day that the other half of America is feeling. I consider myself an optimistic person who loves a party, but getting myself geared up the this inauguration and the next four years has been tough. Optimism has always come naturally for me. I've rarely had to think about how to rally my reserves of positive thinking to get me through a funk, but in this political climate I have to put fingers to keypad to remind myself what it takes to feel hopeful for the future.

  • P.A.C.E. = Positive Attitude Changes Everything. I learned this from my pompom girl days. If you expect the worst you will get the worst, if you hope for the best, it will come. Sounds a little like the Law of Attraction, eh, Aubrey?

  • Draw energy from positive people. Oprah, Girl, I'm trying. I want to party with you.

  • Think of all President Obama's good characteristics. He wrote a really nice letter to his girls in Parade magazine this week. He looks good with his shirt off... that's all I got for now...this is a work in progress.

  • "You don't get more out of people by expecting less." I believe I came up with this quote. I love my country. I have always had respect for the presidency no matter who was in it. I want to have high hopes for Obama. I believe that our high hopes for him will translate into good things.

  • Fake it until you make it. This I can do! Being able to be fake is a blessing and and curse. I'm going to wear a party hat and clap and sing along with Bruce Springstein, Oprah, Sheryl Crow, and Bono. Woot!!! Yay!!!

See all the exclamation marks? My positive vibes are surfacing already!

p.s. Because you asked for it. I too can appreciate delicious irony.


  1. You go on with all your positivity. I will take my cue from you.

    Cause I am still struggling.

  2. I am w/ you I feel cautiously positive --but I still more worry for him than anything else.

  3. Amen, Annie! Thanks for helping us "losers" to look on the bright side... I'm going to break my "news" fast since November 4th and watch the inauguration, but only on Fox News, where I feel therre won't be too much "fawning" or "swooning"...

  4. For some delicious irony, why not Obamicon one of your Palin lookalike pics?

    If it's any consolation, based on his cabinet and staff picks so far, I think he's going to govern more from the center than the far left.

    Plus, unless he's able to pull off some kind of miracle, I think the languishing economy will seal his fate as a one-term president.

  5. Whoo hoo!!! We're off to a great start! Wow - all this change will be phenomenal!!! Everyone has hope now!

    (How am I doing?)

  6. ignorance is bliss and i am trying my best to stay/be uninformed. no tv- only little peeks into my fave web sites---any new news, thus far has done nothing for my hope, nothing for my positive outlook but i am trying desperately, i am trying.

  7. Oh wow, Bonnie...........that was, Um, WOW!!!!!

  8. Such a great way to look at it--actually, I guess the only way ; )

    What a blessing it would be to always see that glass half full--I wish that was my nature. Hoping to be that way one day.

    Let's just hope (and pray) for the best.

  9. Just think...the sooner the country fails and the economy bottoms out, the sooner we get to use all the food we've been storing up! Wheee! I can really get into this too!

  10. He's still not doing it for me. When I go to elect a POTUS, I'm not doing it based on the tone of his abs. I'm more worried about his burning down the Lincoln Bedroom with his smoking (or at least dropping ashes on one of Mary Todd Lincoln's antique quilts).

    This is me avoiding TV and radio - but not the Internet because it has that awesome red X - for the next few days.

  11. Party! Parrrrty! Yay Fearless Leader!
    /end sarcasm

    This is the difference between us and them. We can lose with grace, we can look for the positive, heck, we can actually wish the guy best of luck and really mean it.

    Annie, you are the bestest.
    I'll let you in a little secret, a NCS-SHG exclusive:

    This here be my symbol for Obamagasms that will sure follow.
    WOo hoo.

    But seriously, I hope it just gets better from here.

  12. Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. Ya feelin' me?

  13. The best thing about this post are the Obamicons you made - luv them. It doesn't matter who the new guy is, 3 days of this kind of hoopla is too long to fake it.

  14. Just to be clear, I was not 'anonymous' above.
    I'm impressed with your power of positive thinking!

  15. I don't know Annie, you are still looking kind of blue in that top picture.

  16. I'll pray for him...I'll hope for the best...and I'll be happy...but I don't plan on watching him get inaugurated!

  17. Last night I dreamed that the world was ending. Obama was president! Pinch me because I want to believe I am dreaming.

    Great Post!

  18. Why did he write a letter in a magazine? Is everything a show??
    He does look ok with his shirt off, but yeah, I'm obviously still working on it too. Hmmph.

  19. my rents decided to hit the movies tonight. sad day for ignorance.

    keep it positive and really truly your doing the best you can!

    LOVE IT!

  20. Hey Annie, don't worry. Everything will be okay. I just thought I should share this picture with you. Notice anything special about it?

    The Lord is in charge.

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  22. I enjoyed this immensely. Especially since I am a huge Obama fan. Seeing you with OPTIMISM below your name made my day. Well, that and Obama becoming president and all.

    P.S. When are you coming to Denver again??

  23. I love your optimism. It makes me smile and grateful to know you.

  24. Your posters look positively AMAZING! :)


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