Fabulous article! I have been living my life this way... well, 99% of the time :-) It's a huge part of my spiritual life. Yes, negative things will happen, and some are truly in the 1% of "terrible". However, most of life is just change, and I focus my creativity on how I can re-frame a situation into a positive, or solution-focused experience.
I am amazed at the people who are married to their pain or the negativity of their past. It's as though they ask, "If I am not my pain, who am I"? I'm working on avoiding drawing this sort into my life.
The one kick I got out of the article was the way it lumped together "overweight, being single, and money problems". Yes, being overweight can pose health problems. Money problems is self-explanatory. Single? That's only a problem if you want it to be a problem, or if you buy into some notion of our culture that makes no sense. I've been married, single and am happily partnered. It's all good!
Thanks for the article. I am convinced that happiness is also a choice. You can choose to be thankful for each new day and put the next foot forward. No matter what is happening in our life we can choose to get better or be bitter. I realize that some situations call for sadness and grief and even anger, this is all part of life. I'm talking about having joy despite our situations.
6/11/2010 11:23:35 AM
Great article, I'd like to add by recently starting the day thinking about all the things I'm grateful for it gives me a positive start to the day and a great perspective to take on any of the day's challenges which with this new perspective hardly felle like challenges at all ............Have a great & positive day!
This article really spoke to me because it is easy to slip into a pity party. When working out on a seating arm rowing machine at the fitness center, I close my eyes and repeat over and over "I am healthy, I am happy, I am healthy, I am fit." You have shared more ideas to consider. Thanks!
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