We pay far more attention to one person who insults us than ten who tell us how beautiful and intelligent we are. Our focus sharply goes to the one negative
comment on our Facebook page, the one cutting criticism from our boss is enough to make us forget all the good things he has said about us sometime ago. Just that one explosive curse from our friends can make us forget ever being friends again. We therefore go through this life wielding a dagger in our heart and psychologically limping out of pain of all the bad things said about us. Everything appears negative; the rose comes with thongs, the rattlesnake bites with poison in the eyes, bad company corrupts good manners. Wow, all is negative, right?
Sometimes, being happy even looks like a crime in itself but as the poet Jake Gilbert writes "We must admit there will be music despite everything." if only we can smile in the face of negativity, if only we can go out there and enjoy life however the tides may seem severe, if only…if only, that's all it takes. "We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world." Gilbert writes. This isn't narcissistic pleasure-seeking. It's the way to make our own life work and give our best to the world. "When you're weary," says Martha Beck "find relief. When you're strong, find delight."
Become that person, and you'll find that in spite of everything, there is music. It won't necessarily be a choir of angels but enough to make your heart believe again. So go out there today, show a smile and tell the world; "I refuse to be negative, I'm bigger than that." Your smile might be enough to shine a light into someone else's life like Pablo Neruda sings; "take bread away from me if you wish, take air away, but do not take from me your laughter. it opens for me all the doors of life." Bless your heart, dear friend.
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