Four Ways to Embrace Your Inner Pollyanna
3. Let go of being right. OK, I personally really dislike this one. That’s because I. Need. To. Practice. This. (and I know I’m right about that). As Mochel says, “One of the challenges of being human is that we have a nervous system that can prepare us to defend our ideas as if we were defending our physical selves.” Letting go of being right can be freeing – and good for your mental health. It can also open you up to gratitude more easily if you aren’t insisting on your way. But there’s a caveat: You also have to know when it’s important to stand your ground. Generally though, we would all do better to boldly sing “Let it Go” at least once or twice a day. You’re welcome for that earworm.
4. Experience grace. As people of faith God’s grace is something for which we are ultimately grateful. As Frederick Buechner says in Wishful Thinking, “The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you…Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It’s for you I created the universe. I love you.”
Back to Pollyanna: Though we make fun of her, being a “Pollyanna” really isn’t such a bad thing…especially if it leads you to be a more genuinely grateful and generous person. Way back in 1913 when the book was written – when life was pretty tough – Pollyanna stood for someone who only saw the best in people. She said “thank you,” she wished strangers well, and she certainly, time and again let go of being right. She had a lot of grace. She saw the world through a lens of love and goodness. Perhaps it’s time for us to move from being resentful, ungrateful, and entitled you-know-whats and embrace our inner Pollyannas.
Bring on those rose-colored glasses.
Cesie Delve Scheuermann (pronounced “CC Delv Sherman,” yes, really) is a consultant in stewardship, development, and grant writing. Over the past fifteen years, while working as a volunteer and part-time consultant, she helped raise over three million dollars for numerous non-profit organizations. She is in search of the most awesome rose-colored glasses to wear for the Great Eclipse. She was the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Lay Leader from 2008-2012. Her position with the Conference is funded through a generous grant from the Collins Foundation. She is available to consult with churches. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/inspiringgenerosity.
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Cesie Delve Scheuermann is consultant in grant writing and stewardship/development working with the Conference. From 2008-12 she was the Conference Lay Leader for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.