I am not going to write one of those inspirational blogs posts telling you to be positive before adding life is what you make of it and that positive thoughts conquer all.
You know those posts that I mean. Those posts based around those little play on words to convince you that a great attitude will change your life for the better. Something like there being a mile in each smile…anything like that.
I don’t think that life can be improved by telling yourself to look on the bright side of anything.
But, please don’t get me wrong. I do believe that you should try to have a positive attitude because, if my own experience proves to be typical for everyone, you will find life a little more bearable and a little bit more enjoyable.
A better perspective on life certainly reduces your stress level.
This week, a number of things seemed to be going wrong for me.
It has been a great week to look at my World Vision calendar by my bed and read the month’s thank you message from one of the children my contributions have helped.
This month, eleven year old Ayesha is thanking me and all the other Raw Hope contributors for her school equipment.
I imagine for one moment the life that she leads and then realise how insignificant my own problems are. How thankful to God I should be that my life is so free of trials that I have the luxury to waste time feeling aggravated by my printer playing up or the apparent fault with my mobile telephone SIM card.
So, thank you Ayesha, I have been able to face my problems with more serenity and a better perspective of how unimportant these niggles in my life really are.
Positive thoughts have not improved my life this week. Little things have kept on happening, a new issue shrieks at me every day it has seemed.
Thinking positive thoughts has led me to feeling a lot less stressed, instead. Thinking positive thoughts has led to my being an easier person to live with over the last week or so and left me better able to enjoy the next week when things go well for me.