Looking on the Bright Side Has Health Benefits

When I was a boy my childhood was littered with alcoholism.  On many occasions my father would come home intoxicated and the level of stress in the house would be so high that all I wanted to do was hide.  The first half of my childhood was extremely toxic, it wasn’t until my mother decided to divorce my father that my life took a dramatic change for the better.

At an early age I realized I had a choice to make.  I had to decide what kind of person was I going to be in life.  Did I want to be like my Dad?  No way!  I learned so much growing up; my mom was one of my biggest fans!  She supported the best that she could, even though she was dealing with so much stress from my father, she always found a way to love and support me and my two brothers.  It would have been easy for me to turn to the dark side and have a similar life that my father had.  Unfortunately, one of my brothers did follow a similar path that my dad did.  He is younger than I and unfortunately his health is compromised.  I’m happy to report my brother is doing much better and so is my dad but both paid a huge price for those early life decisions.
I traveled a different road, a less traveled road in my family.  I consciously chose to be different.  Perhaps you can relate to what I am saying or not.  In either case, we always have a choice to be who we want to be.  For some people, being a great person is easy and for other’s it is a struggle.  It is extremely important to make a difference in your own life.  It allows you to be healthy in your own skin but it also allows you to be a significant contributor in life.
I am extremely grateful for my childhood, even though it was hard at times.  My life experiences have shaped who I am today and I love who I am today.  I am not sure I would be where I am today if I didn’t struggle early on.
In this weeks VIDEO BLOG I will share with you an article released by the Journal Personality that speaks to the importance of looking on the bright side of life, no matter how tough it may be.  Remember, life is about the thousands of choices we make moment to moment.  It is not about those big decisions we make like buying a house or having kids.  No matter where you are in life, it is never to late to do better.
I believe each and every human being has the potential to live an extraordinary life, it is up to us!
If this health tip resonates with you then check out our Lifebook program at www.mylifebook.com/chapters-seattle .  This is a coaching program my wife and do and will be starting a new group in the fall.

Make it a great weekend!!!!


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