During March we are going in pursuit of Happiness. We want to look at ways to create more happiness in our lives. It is not so much finding a path to happiness but realizing that happiness IS the path. Today I want to look at perspective. We all know the age old question: Is the glass half full or half empty? It is actually the same thing. The liquid level is exactly in the middle, but it is the way we look at it which makes all the difference.
These days one can walk in on any conversation and the overall mood of the group would be one of dissatisfaction. They would be complaining about anything and everything. Joining such a group soon affects even the happiest person's mood. Before long the light at the end of the tunnel is not merely switched off, but the globe has fused all together.
We are all aware that it is important to have a more optimistic mindset, but how do we change this culture of negativity which has taken hold of us? It is all a matter of perspective, the way in which we look at every given situation. Whenever we are faced with difficult situations and challenges a positive mindset usually leads to positive solutions and actions. Negativity has a way of keeping us stuck in one place, it results in tunnel vision and deprives us of hope, while a positive mindset opens our eyes to new possibilities and it sets us free.
Complaining is the easy way out. Complaining is passive. We don't have to do anything except express our dissatisfaction. However, being positive is a choice and an action. I have to actively look for the good in every situation and take the appropriate action to make life better.
I share with you this quote by Harry Truman:
“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”
Come on, raise your glass, it is half full, life is good.