Recently a dear friend’s son wrote about the importance of a positive and loving attitude while facing any challenge. He writes this while facing advanced colon cancer. An 18 year old with Stage IV esophageal cancer does not "give in to all that negativity" but uses one word for his future prospects: "Excited." The saying about “the glass being half full” always offers a perspective of hope.
We have all heard about the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other, or the good wolf versus the bad wolf. When we allow bitterness, anger, jealousy, or selfishness control our decisions and actions then are we able to achieve our goals? If it is the bad wolf in control of our attitude, our goals might be achieved, but at what price? This is the central theme of my recent novel, Novy’s Son, The Selfish Genius (www.amazon.com)
How to change a negative attitude to a positive one:
1. Never compare yourself to others.
2. Set a goal and try to reach it.
3. Set a goal for things you are lacking (finances, friends, job, etc.)
4. Give everything a chance before rejecting it.
5. Keep yourself well groomed (look how you want to feel).
6. Let others know how their negativity is affecting you.
7. Stay upbeat.
8. Be active in things that make you happy.
Even as a young person I was inspired by such people as Norman Vincent Peale, Albert Schweitzer, Marion Anderson, Gandhi, and Jesus.
Today my role models include those people who face adversity with strength, positivity, and a belief that when we live each moment with love and optimism we can "outshine any challenge or bad wolf."
For the most part is your attitude positive or negative?
Are the people in your life smiling or frowning?
Is your glass half full or half empty?