2010-03-01: On Being Positive

I’m the person who loves to send inspirational messages to friends and acquaintances.  Life isn’t fair, it’s not always sunshine and daisies; it’s a bed of roses, and I always remember that roses have thorns.  Despite that, regardless of the circumstances (which we have no control over), we can, however, change how we react to them–we can choose our attitude.

Positive attitude is like…
a beacon in the night,
a downpour in an arid desert ,
the sun breaking through dark clouds,
the rainbow after a storm,
a breath of fresh air amidst the stench of decay,
the first leaves budding from barren branches after winter,
the breaking dawn after a long, cold, dark night.

It uplifts the down-troddened spirit,
it fuels the drive of someone at the brink of faltering,
it provides encouragement at a time of self doubt,
a shoulder to cry on in moments of despair,
a hug when we feel sad and lonely,
a helping hand to help us out of a rut,
a beaming smile to tell us everything will turn out well.

A positive attitude is something that I constantly struggle to adopt, inspite of and because of the negative things that happen in my life.  I share it with whoever needs it.  In doing so, I uplift my own spirit.  It makes me feel that I did something good, and that my time on Earth wasn’t wasted.  I remember the song of Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel: 

When you’re weary
Feeling small
When tears are in your eyes
I will dry them all

I’m on your side
When times get rough
And friends just can’t be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you

I’ll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on Silver Girl,
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way

See how they shine
If you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

Life isn’t easy but it can be great!  How? Try to see the good in every thing, every situation.  As Mr. Spock of Star Trek, “When you lose, don’t lose the lesson!”  Most of life’s lessons are learned through hardships.  Hardships are, by their nature, a burden but they should not weigh us down.  Instead, they should help us strengthen our resolve.  It’s an attestation of how badly we want something.

I would rather be a beacon of light than the voice of impending doom.  I’m a realist…I’d would prefer knowing what I can and cannot do.  If I can learn a skill that I didn’t know I had a talent for.  Without the challenge, I would not be compelled to try to learn. 

The Lord has blessed me with lots of talents and capabilities, and gladly share them with anyone who has a need.  I don’t want to be like crutches for anyone; I’d rather be the therapist to help you learn to walk again.  I hope that when I share inspirational messages to anyone, it becomes a spark…but it’s up to the recipient if the spark can become a flame within him/her.  We are all part of the light…we must not let the darkness take it’s hold and keep us bound and shackle in a prison of our own making.

In the words of James Allen—

Man is made and unmade by himself.
In the armory of thought, he forges the weapons which will destroy him.
He also creates the tools with which he will build for himself
heavenly mansions of joy, strength, and peace.

I choose to be positive…I hope you do, too!

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