The positive game was created by two of my good friends in college. After a very late night out, they returned to their car in the morning, only to find that it had been towed. Of course, then the quest of figuring out which company had towed it and how much it was going to cost followed. It was in this moment, that the positive game was born.
How to play:
- Each person begins their sentence with “Positive” then states something that is positive about the situation, no matter how silly it may be.
- This continues back and forth until all parties are feeling a bit lighter and more positive.
This week, Hurricane Sandy reminded me how important it is to play this game. There are endless stories about people losing their businesses and homes, entire towns being submerged under water and millions still without water, heat or electricity.
It is in these hard times, that I am always dumbfounded by the people that look on the positive side no matter how devastating the situation is.
- Positive: My loved ones and I are still alive and safe
- Positive: We are fortunate they have developed the scientific technology to warn us that dangerous storms are approaching and allow us to prepare
- Positive: We have men and women willing to face danger to protect and help people who may need it
- Positive: We are a country that can come together and have the resources to rebuild what was destroyed.
And the list goes on and on…
Hurricane Sandy has more than devastated the entire East Coast and I know that playing the positive game is not going to begin to fix the road that lies ahead but you can find positives in any situation no matter how grave it may seem.
Many people have reached out to me about how they can contribute to help people affected by the storm, so here are a few places to check out if you are interested in donating to the cause.
- American Red Cross– provides shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by the storm.
- The Salvation Army– which provide dozens of mobile feeding units and shelters along the East Coast.
- Americares.org– which provides medicine and other supplies
- WorldVision.org– providing flood clean-up kits, personal hygiene items and emergency food kits to people hit by the hurricane
Final Positive: Hurricane Sandy has reminded me that the problems I have and are frustrated with at times, are problems that I would gladly choose any day. In a second everything that I love and take for granted could be swept away.
Hope the positive game can help brighten your day! Spend 5 minutes today reminding yourself of the simple things that we so often take for granted.
Sending my thoughts to those who have lost sooo much.
Positive: It is Wednesday! Have a great day! xox