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Hey! Don't Steal my Sunshine

Updated on January 19, 2014
Don't Steal My Sunshine
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Has your sunshine ever been stolen?

As a society we won't always see eye to eye. We all have our own opinions. We all have different views. We either learn to work together or we go our separate ways. We shouldn't judge others or assume something unless you know the facts.

No one is right. No one is wrong. We are all unique individuals. We are all residents of the huge melting pot we call earth. There will be days that you'd prefer to live on another planet, and that's OK too.

Some of us thrive on drama and seek high and low to find it. Some of us prefer to live their lives drama-free. Reality tells us otherwise. Drama will catch up to each of us when we least expect it. We will all be blindsided at one time or another.

We prefer not to be surrounded with negative vibes. We prefer not to have our sunshine stolen. There will be days when some of us might disagree, which is fine. We just work through it. If that's not possible then you part ways. It's all good.

Granted negativity and drama will make your heart sad and you might begin to question whether you are doing something wrong. Chances are you most likely aren't. Chances are you are just being you.

You shouldn't change yourself to please others. If someone can't accept you for you, then they aren't worth being a part of your life. Don't allow negativity to drain your being. Don't develop a bitter taste. Most importantly, do not allow your sunshine to be stolen.

Keep on shining...

Fact: No matter how much someone might try to steer away from drama, they will have to deal with it.

It's impossible not to encounter something or someone that could turn a good day upside down! If life was all peaches and cream how would we ever learn? How would we ever know how to deal with difficult situations or people?

We live and learn. We all make mistakes, it's part of growth. No matter what you do, or where you are, you will inevitably cross paths with someone who will try to steal your sunshine.

Just remember it's not a permanent situation. You will survive! You will get your sunshine back. It might take a while, but you will triumph. You will learn a lesson along the way. Treasure those lessons.

Don't allow anyone else to control your emotions and attempt to alter you into someone you aren't. Don't allow the sunshine in you to fizzle out.

You will have a mourning period. It's how you use this time that will determine how quickly you bounce back and get your sunshine rocking again!

I've included a list of ways to get your sunshine back! I hope they help you deal with your drama. In the meanwhile...chin up and keep on shining!


Len - Steal My Sunshine

Ways To Get Your Sunshine Back

  1. Turn up the tunes! Listen to music and dance until you are exhilarated and exhausted.
  2. Don't sweat the small stuff. Ask yourself if this will matter tomorrow. Chances are it won't.
  3. Shake it off. Literally. From head to toe. One body part at a time. Start shaking.
  4. Take a walk and cool off. Recall good memories and allow your heart to be happy.
  5. Watch your favorite sitcom and laugh until your face and tummy hurts.
  6. Write out your feelings into a journal.
  7. Scream into or punch a pillow. You want to release anger, not hurt yourself.
  8. Bake a pie and add extra whipped cream.
  9. Clean one room of your home at a time, declutter your life. In addition, declutter your social media life also. No one needs baggage in their life.
  10. Shop until you drop, yet within your means. Being in debt has never solved a problem.
  11. Curl up on the sofa and read a book. Read a trilogy!
  12. Cry until the well is dry. Chances are you will regain your strength and learn from the experience.
  13. Blow it off. Allow Karma to be in charge.
  14. Talk to a trusted friend. Relish in the hugs, whether in reality or virtually.
  15. Wear your smile proudly. You are braver than you think.
  16. Catch some rays and get your sunshine back.
  17. Eat your favorite comfort food. Don't concern yourself with calorie intake.
  18. Cuddle with your pet.
  19. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move forward.
  20. Continue to be your amazing self. No one should ever take away your sunshine. Your rays will forever shine and those who surround you will feel the warmth of your glow.

Sheryl Crow - Soak Up The Sun

Has your sunshine ever been stolen?

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© 2012 Linda Bilyeu


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    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      Absolutely. Someone will try to steal your day if you allow it. One of our mantras is never let anyone steal your day. No one can do so unless we allow them to do so.

      Your list of alternatives provides great options for those who may waver a bit when someone tries to turn the day on its heels.

      It is really sad that there are folks who are so unhappy that they have not learned how to spread 'sunshine' instead of gloom.

      thanks for sharing...

      Sending Angels and sunshine to you this evening :) ps

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Love your attitude and your solutions for battling the sunshine thieves. Bravo. You've included one of my very favorite videos by Sheryl Crow. Thanks! "It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got."

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Nell Rose! :)

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Great suggestions and positive thoughts linda, voted and shared!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A powerful message, Linda, and one I endorse completely.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      Keeping our sunshine isn't always easy. I love your positive attitude and your great suggestions for getting our sunshine back!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      I think this Hub is just great! I try not to be around people who "bring me down".

      I voted this UP, etc.

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      Jools Hogg 

      7 years ago from North-East UK

      Linda, I just love this hub! I love Sheryl Crowe singing 'Soak Up The Song', that deffo gives me my sunshine back! I like 'Shake It Off' on this list (today anyway - could be different next time I visit) :o)...Shake it off Jools!

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      Trinity M 

      7 years ago

      That is saying it like it is Sunshine! My pet peeve is whiners!!! I generally make a concerted effort not to whine about anything no matter how annoyed I get or how bad things are, but I will whine endlessly about whiners who try to get me down! LOL! Great hub and awesome suggestions to stay sunny… personally I enjoy whacking a punch bag for a half hour picturing any sunshine stealer every time I hit the bag :) Up and awesome!

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      7 years ago

      Absolutely LOVE this, Linda! I definitely needed this pick up after a long day's of work! :D

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      7 years ago

      Great hub! I love your list to get your sunshine back. Voted up and more!

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Loved this, it put a smile right on my dial. That's one of my favourite songs too - "Steal my Sunshine"! Voted up, awesome and interesting :)

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      Awesome as always and to top it all you put that Len song at the end. Now we all know your secret of eternal sunshine- you just don't allow anyone to steal it!

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      Dana Strang 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      LOVE LOVE LOVE this. You are totally right and you rock for putting it out there. It took me SO long to learn thiese things on my own. I hope someone like me reads this before they end up speding too much time as a negative nancy or a paranoid patsy.

      Voting up, etc. and sharing.

      btw - great song choice!

    • Anil and Honey profile image


      7 years ago from Kerala

      Good reading, Your visions are correct, thank you very much.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a great pick-me-up hub Linda!

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      Janine Huldie 

      7 years ago from New York, New York

      If I am the queen of Trollbeads, you then would be the queen of sunshine!! Seriously loved this one and your message. As always voted up, shared and tweeted too!!

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      Olde Cashmere 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful message Linda, I love how positive and true this is. Enjoy reading your hubs, always great reading. Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and useful :)

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      Jason F Marovich 

      7 years ago from Detroit

      Your article reminds me how important it is for all of us to be comfortable in our own skin, just like the commercial. Over the years, I've pretty much come to the conclusion that most people who create drama are people that are either bored, or they are seeking negative attention. My skin has grown thick over the years - I worry about who I think I am as a person, not so much what others are thinking, since I have no way of knowing, anyway :P Let no one steal our sunshine, definitely. Voted up and awesome, nice job.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I like your list of choices in how to regain balance and get your "sunshine back." Everyone reading this can probably pick one or more favorites off of that list. Voted up and useful. Vinaya's hub about you led me to reading this.

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hello Marcy, Cyndi, Daisy, Julie! Welcome to my hub where no one could steal your sunshine! If by chance this happens just check the list on how to get it back!:)

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      Jools Hogg 

      7 years ago from North-East UK

      Just what I needed today! Everybody needs to read this, voted up and shared.

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      7 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      Thanks for helping get everyone on the right track. I love your list of 16 ways of getting one's sunshine back.

      With a smile like yours in the new profile photo you're using, I can't imagine you ever losing your sunshine.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      7 years ago from Western NC

      Sunshine - you always shine light on the path, don't you? You show some really good, healthy ways of dealing with life's dramas. Excellent points. :)

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      7 years ago from Planet Earth

      I needed this - time to get my groove back! Fun hub - voted up and awesome!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      WannaB, ALur, Mary ... Thank you for your comments. Keep on shining!:)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      What an uplifting Hub. Made me feel pretty good. I agree no one should take our sunshine away.

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      It's taken me a very long time, but I am finally fighting back and not letting anyone steal my sunshine! Thank you my friend for such helpful reminders to keep me on track :)

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      7 years ago from USA

      I look for the sunshine even as it is sullen behind a murky day. I think the "sun' is the light of hopefulness and thinking. I try very hard to see the white light of hope in every step I take. It's not easy, but when I find the rays regardless of the forecast, I am better for it:)

      Visti my versatile hubs for all kinds of colorful words!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I regularly use some of these ways to get my sunshine back. Taking a walk is a favorite way, but if it's raining, as it is now, a good book will serve the purpose. Good reminders, and I'll bookmark it, since when we lack sunshine is just when we can't remember how to get it back.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Flora, Cleaning is actually very therapeutic but I agree I don't like it either BUT my maid quit and I need to tend to the daily task:)

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      7 years ago

      Thankyou for this great list. I am going to remember to use these to forget the silliness that has gone on in my life lately. I do enjoy most of them - except cleaning. I hate cleaning. :)

      I wish I tended to not be a dramatic person, but I do tend to be - I come by it naturally as the daughter of artists. That is not an excuse. Simply the fact of generations of behaviour. Exhausting. And dangerous too if the person lives near you. Here on the internet, you know you will never meet the person. And thus the violence in their reaction to you can be ignored simply by hiding the person from your feed.


    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Yay Ge! Oh how I've missed you! :))

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      7 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

      Awesome hub my friend, just got my computer working again and hadn't read any of your new hubs. Still working on my next one. You are a ray of Sunshine that's for sure :) ge

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Ain't that the truth Rasta! Thank you for shining on by my hub!:)

      Thank you susan for your uplifting comment! Always a pleasure hearing from you!xo

      Hi Eddy & MM ... your comments are always appreciated!

      YAY for you Rachel!!! Keep on shining!!:)

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      Rachel Richmond 

      7 years ago from California

      So uplifting!! Voted and took the only a few times did my sunshine get zapped but then I got it back. :)

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      You are always so positive! this is a great uplifting read - many thanks for spreading the sunshine and voted up!

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      7 years ago from Wales

      A great read and thank you so much for sharing.

      Take care;


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      Rika Susan 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Right on, Sunshine! Thanks for another hefty dose of upliftment and inspiration! Our sunshine is something circumstances or people can only take away from us if we let them. I refuse to allow that. We may not be able to choose the folks we deal with in our lives or our circumstances, but we can ALWAYS choose how we react. You give a wonderful list of 'tools' we can use in the process. Great stuff as always!

    • Rastamermaid profile image


      7 years ago from Universe

      Great hub Sunshine,very useful with very creative ways to deal with peeps trying to steal your sunshine.

      Really they just want to shine also but it'll never be a true shine because their spirit is tarnished.So shake it off and shine even harder.

      Voted up!


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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      anjperez ~ mOrdOr ~ kidsnchocolate ~ rosemay50 ~ alocsin

      Thank you all for your comments and offering to pay ransom! Keep on shining :))

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Great way to start my very early day. I especially appreciate the videos. Voting this Up and Awesome.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      7 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Great hub Sunshine. If someone steals our sunshine I'll chip in for the ransome OK. We'll soon have you back. Lol

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      7 years ago from Midwest, United States

      Great hub!!!

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      Stoill Barzakov 

      7 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Even if someone stole It, you will shine and bring more :)

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      7 years ago

      i like the list that you made (16 ways...) it should be put in places where we will be reminded of it everyday. like in our desk, fridge, doors to our room. simple practical ways to be trully happy.

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Maria I love when you comment with song lyrics! They always make me smile!! Thank you for the invite to your cloud, I just might take you up on that offer one day! Keep on being your awesome self:))

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      'Hey, you, get offa my cloud...!'

      Miss sunshine, I love that song and I love you even more! Thanks for always making me smile and you are most welcome on my cloud anytime! Voted UP & Awesome, mar.

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you for stopping by Stoker, Mandy, Sue and Tina! You are all rays of sunshine to me:))

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      SanneL, I'm glad you are feeling better! The sun will come out tomorrow :))

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      A drama shield! That's an awesome idea Sue!!

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      Christina Lornemark 

      7 years ago from Sweden

      Thanks for the inspiration Sunshine! I always get a boost of inspiration from your hubs! There are too many people that just see the negative things in life. Thanks for the sunshine:))


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      7 years ago


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      7 years ago

      Get some exercise! If you're down, one of the best things you can do is work it off physically. Go on a run and listen to music to help you get your mind off the bad.

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      7 years ago from Gainesville, FL

      Love that Sheryl Crow song. :) Your Sunshine is too strong for others to bring down!! Drama is NO fun for anyone... Thanks for reminding us to steer clear!

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      7 years ago from Sweden

      I just had a good cry ( number 12). However, I know it can't get any worse, so tomorrow there will be sunshine.

      Sunshine from a a bright, happy, beautiful sun, just like you!

      Thank you for sharing this very inspirational and positive hub.


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      Sue Parkinson 

      7 years ago

      Won't let anyone still my Sunshine...I activate my drama shield!!! Great Hub Sunshine!!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Yes Alecia we do enjoy the same music, as soon I get you to like more country music we will like ALL the same music! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Veronica Roberts 

      7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      hahaha Well, I am glad that that is not the case!

      I agree, and am appreciative of you creating this! I hope that it goes viral, and encourages others to spread some sunshine. =]

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Go get 'em Tammy! Thank you for being you! Let me know if you need help!:)

      Thank you ALUR, very good points!

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      Alecia Murphy 

      7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Great job Sunshine! I think there's always moments where are sunshine is stolen but it's also important to get it back. And I love the Len song :) 90s kid excitement! We have the same musical mind! Yay!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Exercise works great Deborah!!

      Effer, gramdawg!! lol I truly believe that describes you!! I wouldn't dare mess with your sunshine!! :))

      Veronica, down girl...this hub was created with many in mind, those who cause negative vibes and those who endure it. I'll let you know if I need back-up! Thanks! I appreciate your support:)

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      7 years ago from USA

      good to read an uplifting article. I really do believe that when you run into someone that affects your mood, it's deeper than that person. Usually there's an underlying reason or a hint of a truth you'd rather not admit about yourself that causes the sway in emotions.

      You're welcome to check out my hubs as well!

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      7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hey VERONICA!! you cute little sweetie....NO problem....I got it covered. I AM good at being big and bad....A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. Don't let anybody steal your sunshine, honey. They don't call me "GramDawg" for nuttin!!! LMAO!!

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      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for these tips.. they are just what I needed today. This is all so true. There is a breed of people out there who are just miserable and they thrive on the positivity of positive people.. Like YOU! Well done!

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      Veronica Roberts 

      7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Beautiful & encouraging!

      Great choices for songs! =]

      I hope that this isn't happening w/ you now - that someone is trying to rope you into drama. If so, you let me know who & I'll... I'll... ugh, I'm no good at threats or being big & bad. lol

      Thank you for sharing some of your sunshiny tips! =]

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      7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      And to this I say, AMEN, GF!!! Right on, sister!! They can TRY to block our sun...but we'll move away and find the rays...."Don't you get in between my sunshine and me!!" My sunshine is my smile, my song and my can take my money and take my can be mean as you wanna be...but my happiness is mine all mine and YOU CAN'T HAVE IT!!!

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      Deborah Neyens 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      What a nice, positive message for a Monday morning. A good list of mood enhancing activities, too. There's nothing like a little exercise to blow off some steam!


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