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.