Staying Positive

June 15, 2021

Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.

Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and expects positive results.”

We have had the privilege of interacting with a great number of girls in the course of our work. We learn a lot from these girls in as much as they learn from us. It is always refreshing to meet new girls at the beginning of a mentorship class. They come with so much expectation; they are hungry for information and each girl has something special that she brings to the group. There will be the quiet girl who silently listens and takes her notes, rarely says a word in class, but will call one of us aside after the class to ask a question regarding something that is going on in her life or something we taught. Then there is the girl who raises her hand at every opportunity to answer a question; she is attentive and does not fear asking questions, no matter the subject. Then there will be the controversial one who will tend to look at things differently and loves a challenge, but is also very engaging. And then there is the timid, intimidated and very quiet one who will not speak, does not ask questions, but faithfully takes her notes. If one tries to befriend such a girl, one is amazed at the wealth of knowledge she has but fear of public speaking keeps her silent.

This month as we teach on positive thinking and work to build confidence in the students, we try to keep in mind that the students are each at different levels of understanding and reasoning. Despite all the negative things going on in the world today and in each of their lives, there is also a lot of good happening, too. Choosing to focus on the positive things and keeping the right attitude is therefore very important for the students and for us all. Teaching these girls ways to maintain a positive attitude will help boost their self-esteem and overcome obstacles they face both at home and at school. Everyone in life wants to be acknowledged and appreciated, especially those that have struggled with low self-esteem. Teaching these girls to be confident in themselves and doing what they love without expecting approval from the masses will help them achieve life goals, as opposed to looking for approval for everything they do in life.

The chart, below, helps the girls keep a positive focus.

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