I sometimes believe that our greater culture likes being overly negative and pessimistic. We love over-criticizing everything, having no hope for beautiful things and losing fond admiration for the silly, whimsical aspects of life. It's an attitude that I believe is corrupting our capability to strive for greatness in our lives.
Truth is, if you want to be great in this life, you have to model that greatness in your thinking and to see it in others.
You have to open your eyes up to the beauty in front of you and celebrate it. Only then will we be in the right mindset to enact change in our culture.
It is no longer a secret that what you give out is what you get. And if you constantly swear and are unhappy, well, then you will often find yourself in unhappy situations. Yet, I have found that every single one of us has, at least, some control over their situations. And it all starts in reactions and mindset.
When facing a problem, there are two ways you can look at it – as a problem, or a challenge to find a solution to. Your perspective on it will change the way you handle it. If you then handle it in a positive, hopeful way, chances of resolving it are so much higher.
If we constantly assume other people act with negative intentions, the world will start to look a lot bleaker. Maybe the person who cut you off on the road is in a rush due to an emergency or just isn’t paying attention.
It’s impossible to know the true reasoning behind other people’s actions, so it is much easier to assume the best of people, rather than to assign “assh*le!” to everyone.
I really want you to take a moment, think about someone you love, you like or even someone you respect. I will not ask you to tell them anything, but just appreciate the fact that they exist in your life.
This is what life is about, a matter of perspective, you can turn it into a beautiful place to live or a hell to punish yourself everyday. See the beauty around you, inside you and in others.