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Reflections... (Sunshine thieves. Fighting negativity)

Reflections... (Sunshine thieves. Fighting negativity)

You are having a good day and you seem to be content with the life that you live and all of a sudden you find yourself surrounded by negativity. There are people that fill your head with their negativity and incessant complaining. All of sudden you don't feel so happy anymore. You begin to find flaws and negativity in your own life. That glow of happiness is now gone. Someone or some persons just "stole your sunshine." I call those type of persons "sunshine thieves." 

So how do we keep our sunshine amid a world full of sunshine thieves?  They are everywhere. Let's face it. We all have problems. We all have challenges --  monthly, weekly or even daily. It's our attitude that determines the outcome of such challenges. We can either stress or complain about them or we can keep a level head and try to find a logical solution. Easy, right? Not always.

I can't tell you exactly what to do to fight negativity or "sunshine thieves" because we are all different, but I can tell you what works for me. For one thing, I surround myself with positive people. These are people that make me feel good about life. Everyone in my circle of friends are people that I enjoy being around. Even on their "bad days", they're not so bad. 

So when I hear negative comments from persons that I encounter in the community, on the street, etc., I just listen. I don't add fuel to the fire. I usually will add something positive by saying "I hope you feel better" or "I'll pray that things get better for you." My intention is to help them understand that there's always hope, even in situations that seem hopeless.

Sometimes you just feel negativity around you. So what do you do?  I'll do things like call my mother, talk about music with my son, read my favorite author or exercise. I fight negativity by doing simple things that bring me happiness.

These may sound like simple words from a simple girl, but they've worked for me so far. I'm still standing here and if you see me, chances are that  I'll have a smile on my face. 


Priscilla Rice is an actor, poet, mother and aspiring samba dancer. She has appeared in several plays at the Latino Cultural Center and helps coordinate a monthly spoken word event at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. She studied Broadcast Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and has worked as a radio news/traffic reporter and assignment editor for various television stations. She currently works as an interpreter/translator. She is originally from Crystal City, TX and resides in Dallas with her son, Leo.

So how do we keep our sunshine amid a world full of sunshine thieves?  They are everywhere. Let's face it. We all have problems. We all have challenges --  monthly, weekly or even daily. It's our attitude that determines the outcome of such challenges. We can either stress or complain about them or we can keep a level head and try to find a logical solution. Easy, right? Not always.

I can't tell you exactly what to do to fight negativity or "sunshine thieves" because we are all different, but I can tell you what works for me. For one thing, I surround myself with positive people. These are people that make me feel good about life. Everyone in my circle of friends are people that I enjoy being around. Even on their "bad days", they're not so bad. 

So when I hear negative comments from persons that I encounter in the community, on the street, etc., I just listen. I don't add fuel to the fire. I usually will add something positive by saying "I hope you feel better" or "I'll pray that things get better for you." My intention is to help them understand that there's always hope, even in situations that seem hopeless.

Sometimes you just feel negativity around you. So what do you do?  I'll do things like call my mother, talk about music with my son, read my favorite author or exercise. I fight negativity by doing simple things that bring me happiness.

These may sound like simple words from a simple girl, but they've worked for me so far. I'm still standing here and if you see me, chances are that  I'll have a smile on my face. 


Priscilla Rice is an actor, poet, mother and aspiring samba dancer. She has appeared in several plays at the Latino Cultural Center and helps coordinate a monthly spoken word event at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. She studied Broadcast Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and has worked as a radio news/traffic reporter and assignment editor for various television stations. She currently works as an interpreter/translator. She is originally from Crystal City, TX and resides in Dallas with her son, Leo.