Life’s too short to be full of regrets, hurt feelings and missed opportunities. That’s why starting tomorrow I will rise at 5 a.m., tuck my t-shirt into the waistband of my gym shorts, pull said shorts tight above my belly button, slip on my tube socks and sneakers, and go for a powerwalk around Walmart. Physical fitness is key to one’s mental attitude, and such strenuous exercise will be the foundation for the New Rob.
After a hot shower, I’ll go to work, refreshed and pumped for the day. I’ll walk around the office with a straight posture, greet my fellow employees with a wide grin, and say: “I certainly hope your day will be as wonderful and rewarding as mine will be! Go Team W.R.D. Entertainment!”
When someone calls me on the telephone, I will answer with a cheerful proclamation such as, “Rob Grace speaking! How may I assist you in making your day run positively and efficiently?!?” If that person is, say, a particular debt collector, I will tell them, “I’m quite optimistic that my finances will soon be in a position where I am able to pay down the balance in a consistent manner. After all ma’am, you’ll notice many of those charges are to the North Little Rock Hooters and an ATM close to an exotic dance club in Jacksonville, but I’ve now made a commitment to be a better person! So instead of visiting those establishments every night, I’ve now decided to only go every other night!”
I’ll also become a better son. I will make a commitment to ensure I visit Mother and Father on a more regular basis, and I will gladly offer my help in locating a new residence for both of them in some type of retirement village on the West Coast. Yes, they’re still active, vibrant and healthy, but I’m currently living in an apartment, and I know their home would be much better for developing my newfound optimistic attitude. Plus, I need the space for the frequent gatherings I will host for all of my friends that I have met in North Little Rock and Jacksonville. Besides, Mother and Father love California. It’s a win-win situation!
A healthy diet will also come with a healthy lifestyle change. For years, breakfast has consisted of cold pizza, 10 to 12 Rolaids, and eight Advils. Lunch would be two Quarter Pounders, large fries and a Coke. And dinner would be the 50 piece Daytona Beach Wings from Hooters and 15 beverages. Now? I will skip the caloric intake breakfast provides and concentrate on fresh fish and vegetables – such as batter fried catfish or tilapia with mashed potatoes and gravy or fried okra – for other meals. And instead of 15 12 oz. beverages, I’ll cut back to five 40 oz. beverages. It will take dedication, but I’m ALL IN!
I also promise to be a better friend. I will choose to offer myself fully and freely to all of my friends. If one friend calls me to help him move, I will say, “Dear friend, I would LOVE to help you move your furniture! In fact, I bet our mutual friend, David, would be more than happy to help you move. Plus, he would be much more effective in helping you move than I would be at this current state because I’m currently clad only in my underwear as I lounge on my couch watching a marathon of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I think it would be unfortunate and detrimental to the development of my new positivity to miss any second of this fascinating television program. So, I am happy I could recommend that you call David. Thank you, and have a wonderful day!”
Finally, choosing to be around the right people will also be a priority. For the past few years, I’ve met potential new friends online, and in three cases, I’ve traveled to meet them face to face. Yet this has always resulted in disappointment because those new “friends” misrepresented themselves and put me in awkward and uncomfortable situations – particularly with Dateline NBC’s Chris Hansen. However, something positive did emerge from those incidents: I now hold the record for the most appearances on his program, To Catch a Predator.
See, looking at such situations in an optimistic light greatly and positively enhances your mood!