“Look on the bright side,” “Every cloud has a silver lining,” “Life is good…” If you look for it, there is encouragement and positivity all around us. My former father-in-law lives by the creed “I refuse negativity.” It is a timely joke when others complain, and it always lightens the mood and gets others to “look on the bright side.” Thinking positively is not an easy thing to do if you suffer from mood or anxiety disorders, but it has been proven that keeping a positive outlook improves your energy level and your overall physical and mental health.
It takes a conscious effort to begin each day with a positive attitude, to minimize the effect of things that might otherwise frustrate you, or to change your outlook from pessimistic to optimistic. Like forming a good habit, it takes practice, repetition and mindfulness. In time you can learn to always see a “silver lining,” even while working through difficult issues. Brookhaven Retreat will help you begin that journey.
Interestingly enough, I write this blog on a day that I had to arrive late to work due to a broken plumbing pipe and a literally flooded basement. In the past, this incident might have easily put me in bed for a few days. But now, I count my lucky stars that my plumber only charged me $50.00, which is nothing short of a miracle, and I had the opportunity to share some quality time brainstorming repairs and cleaning with my son. Who knew that shop-vac’ing puddles could be fun??
Here I’d like to share a few favorites passages about looking on the bright side:
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. ~ Albert Einstein
To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”
“Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Collected Poems and Translations
“When you get things wrong, it is the opportunity to grow.” – Jacqueline Dawes