Positive affirmations used to annoy the crap out of me. “Tomorrow is bringing good things my way”? How do you know? I want proof. I want bar graphs and pie charts. (I may just want pie; I’m a little hungry.) I’ve finally learned the secret of positive affirmations, though— it’s totally okay to just make them up. They’re like lullabies: no one actually expects to get all the pretty little ponies. You just go with it because it’s less likely to give you nightmares than singing about getting all the nasty little tax bills.
That said, I think positive affirmations represent a real missed opportunity. If you’re just saying things that may or may not be true, why go in for all that vague, flowery stuff? I deserve better affirmations than “Tomorrow is bringing good things my way.” I deserve an affirmation like “Tomorrow is bringing a free Prada handbag my way,” or “Tomorrow is bringing the perfect ribeye steak, cooked rare and very lightly seasoned with salt and pepper, my way.” Here’s a list of some of my positive affirmations:
- I give myself permission to love pie.
- Today I will replace my anger and frustration with unicorns.
- The perfect outfit will come to me easily and effortlessly.
- I trust the universe to bring Ryan Gosling into my life at the right time.
- I am open and receptive to experiencing beer in multiple ways.
- Today I will keep my mind ON the lottery numbers that DO win, and OFF the lottery numbers that DON’T win.
- Good hair days happen to me all the time.
- I choose to surround myself with delicious cheeseburgers.
- I am in charge of my minions. My minions are not in charge of me.
- Every day, in every way, my blog is getting better and better.
The truly genius part is that, if anyone criticizes my affirmations (like, for instance, my therapist), I can reply that I accept and love my affirmations the way they are and choose to believe in them despite the negative words of others. Of course, if I keep this up, I’ll probably start craving cheeseburgers and pie at odd times, but I kind of already do, and now I’ve got a reason that no one’s allowed to argue with. I don’t know why I’ve been resisting this all my life. Positive affirmations are awesome! I just gave myself permission to believe it. That makes it true, right?
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