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Why you Should Focus on the Positive
By Monica Resinger
I was once visiting with a person in my life who was having a lot of downs in
their life. The entire visit consisted of this person talking about each
negative event in his life and many negative events that were out of anyone's
control (he never misses an evening of the news). Not once did I hear a
remark about anything going on in his life, even though I can see many
positive things... he has bought and paid for his home, he has a wonderful wife
will do anything for him, he owns many nice things, he has great kids and
friends, and much more, but the sad fact is that he isn't enjoying,
or recognizing any of them.
I have known this person a very long time and know that he's always been this
way and it's as if he prophesizes his own future by doing this. He has
~ that it's too late for him to make anything of his life (he probably won't
because he won't even think of options because he has stated 'it's too late')
~ nothing but bad happens to him (he doesn't see the good things because he's
focused on the bad)
~ there's never any nice weather & summer is almost over (even though it was
a beautiful day the day we were visiting)
~ he never gets to do anything fun (every weekend who goes on a nice country
drive & visits antique stores... that's not fun??)
So, even when he gets to do something fun, or the weather is nice, he doesn't
notice because he's too wrapped up in all the bad stuff!
The fact is that we all have downs in our lives, but let's not forget there's
a lot of ups such as a bright beautiful day, spending the day with our loved
ones, creating a beautiful space in our home & enjoying it, a loved one
appreciating you, being able to help someone in need, receiving much needed
with a problem, good health, the rain giving us energy & life. Also, I have
learned to think of the downs as positives... a lot of the times they will spur
needed change in our lives. For example, getting laid off from your job could
be a Godsend if your job is costing a lot in transportation to get there, a lot
of stress if you don't enjoy it or you have a hard time with it physically or
mentally. The lay-off will spur you to think of other options and in the
end, you will more than likely end up with a more fulfilling job or situation
if the lay-off didn't happen you may have just continued the unhealthy job
since it was easier than looking at other options.
If a person can see and appreciate the good in his or her life, they will
feel positive and good most of the time and draw more good into their life. By
switching negative thinking into positive thinking, we allow positive things to
flow into our lives. For example:
~ instead of thinking that it's too late to make anything of ourselves, we
can think 'it's never too late', this way we are open to suggestions from
others, our own suggestions, 'lucky' things happening such as your dream job
becoming available to you or a friend offering you partnership in their
~ instead of seeing that 'nothing but bad happens to us', we can see all the
good things that happen to us which will bring more good things to us all
simply because we notice and appreciate them. When something 'bad' does
we will get through it much easier because we will see that even a 'bad' can be
good and that we have so many good things in our lives that an occasional
'bad' is okay.
I hope this has shed some light on why it’s so important to ‘think positive’
and that it will bring many positive things and events to your life.
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