My number one STRENGTH is positivity. believe it? If you know me, you would probably say, absolutely! I'm not a PollyAnna by any means, but I do tend to live my life with my glass half full on a regular basis (and no, I'm not talking about a glass of wine, but yeah, that too)! Where did I get such a trait? I'm really not sure. I guess it was something that developed internally as I grew up.
I grew up as a child of the 70's, middle-class family, my Dad served two terms in VietNam, my mother was a homemaker. My siblings came along when I was 4 years old, both adopted from the same family. My Mom worked in a home that took in foster kids and so she knew my siblings from a very early age. To say that we struggled with this new blended family is an understatement as I reflect back now, but it was "our normal" for many, many years. It wasn't until I was grown and gone that I realized our normal = everyone else's abnormal = our growing up years were probably no different than the next one!
A long story, short, I learned to internalize my feelings and knew from an early age that the only one who could make ME happy was ME! Self-talk became my language and I made it through (what I try to see as a normal childhood) to graduating from high school and into the Minnesota Army National Guard by the age of 17. I was one of the youngest in my graduating class, and I finished 8 weeks of basic training in North Carolina before I turned 18! How's that for positivity?!
So I'm not sure this is going anywhere, other than to give you a little more insight to my life and to reflect on a song that popped into my head this morning as I was reading another friend's blog... it was a childhood favorite of mine. I am not sure I could have told you the verses, but I definitely knew the chorus and sang it loudly! And now that I know Frente! sings it, I will have to go look up that version too! And yes, this could also have been the start of my contagious smile and fascination with smiley faces!