Dear TLS Community,
The Power of Positive Thinking
Do you, like me, know a person that is always so positive it drives you mad? How can they be so positive all of the time? Even in times of great adversity they remain steadfast in their positivity. It really is a unique gift to be constantly upbeat; or is it?
Do we either have it or not, or is it something we can actually work on; to improve? I am a firm believer that positive thinking can indeed be a learned behaviour. It can be something we can work on to improve.
“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” Oprah Winfrey
When times get tough, we have a choice to make. We choose to either drown in the misery or see the problem or problems as an opportunity. A dear colleague of mine has taught me many significant lessons over the years. I often seek counsel from this individual and discuss with them the problems I am encountering. Invariably the response from this person is “what an opportunity!” Initially I found it very difficult to come to terms with how this person could possibly interpret my huge problem as an opportunity! How dare they minimise my situation and dismiss my issues! I wanted this person to commiserate with me, not tell me good could come from my problems.
Over time though, my mindset has changed thanks to the ‘what an opportunity’ philosophy. I still get far too caught up in my own problems, but I am learning to search for the silver lining instead of drowning in the misery.
“Optimism is the most important human trait, because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow.” Seth Godin
As Christians we should everyday operate within the ‘what an opportunity’ philosophy. Through the promise of eternal life given to us by Jesus’ death and resurrection, we should always have hope; hope that no problem on earth can get in the way of the eternal promise provided to us by God.
Regardless of our struggles, problems and issues, we should always take heart that God has grand plans for us and He sent His Son to us so that we could live life to the full, safe in the knowledge that our salvation is secure and eternal life is promised. This alone is every reason to be optimistic.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10
Wishing you all God’s richest blessings for the week ahead,