Thanks to everyone who gave me feedback on my posting Change Your Perspective I put up last week. A lot of people have said that the story about the conversation between a pastor and parishioner really resonated with them. If you missed it, just click above.
Isn't it amazing how quickly our attitude can change from bad to good by simply seeing things in a different way? As I wrote in that posting, our circumstances may not change, but our perspective can. I was speaking to a young man tonight who really liked this message. He talked about his own circumstances, which can sometimes be overwhelming.
But now he realizes that, despite the many issues he has to deal with, he still has a car, a roof over his head, some money in the bank, just to name a few of the good things present in his life. When it's all said and done, we have it so much better than the vast majority of people in the world.
Do you think your life would be different if you were more of an optimist instead of a pessimist? Only you can control your perspective. As you read this post, ask yourself what kind of perspective you have most of the time. If it's optimistic, congratulations :) If it's pessimistic, try to think of five good things in your life. Write them down. Next, think of another five. Write those down. Keep repeating until you have at least twenty-five. Then, save that list. Tuck it in a drawer. Keep it by your bed. Hang it on the refrigerator. Bring it to work with you and hang it prominently where you can see it throughout the day. When things go wrong and the negativity creeps in, get that list out.
Keep reminding yourself of the good that surrounds you. Thank God for it.
Staying focus on the positive will make all the difference. Give it a try.