#270: What A Difference A Day Can Make
Friday, March 26, 2010
Who sang the song with the lyrics: "What a difference a day makes. Twenty-four little hours"?
So often our problems and worries seem overpowering and overburden us to the point that we want to wallow in our own self-pity and hide from the world.
But there is something magical about a new day. Twenty-four hours of fresh opportunities and possibilities. Magic that buoys our spirits and lifts the veil of our sadness and grief. That is, IF we allow ourselves to step back and assess our difficulties in the light of positive thinking.
Maintaining a positive mental attitude does not make worries or problems disappear or prevent them from occurring, but keeping a positive mental outlook allows us to frame our circumstances in a positive vein.
Recently the motor on my car's driver's window broke and the window slid to the full down position. I wrote about my gratitude that it wasn't raining which would have soaked the inside of the car and me and how thankful I was that the mechanic's shop was open and that he was able to quickly replace the broken motor.
This is how we look at things when we practice positive thinking. We try to find the good in what is happening to us. Often it will be hard to do so. When faced with dire financial difficulties or severe medical problems, for example, the positive aspects of our lives may be nearly impossible to see.
But we read daily of people undergoing the most trying times who keep a smile on their face and an attitude of gratitude about them.
Making positive thinking a habit may take some effort, but in the long run will allow us the mental freedom to frame our troubles in light of our life's benefits and advantages. A positive mental attitude can be a new day in our way of thinking, one that lets our spirits soar, despite what is facing us.