Altering my perceptions has served me very well on my road to self-healing. Finding the upside to every situation helps me achieve greater contentment in life. Adopting a “half-full” outlook to life is a fairly new development, going back around 10 years. A book I read by Louise Hay, You Can Heal Your Life, was instrumental in helping make the shift in my outlook.
I grew up in a home with a mother who was a “Pitfall Pointer-Outer.” I learned very early that life is very hard, I should constantly worry, and there is a downside to any situation, sometimes you just need to look really, really hard to find it. Looking back, I realized I even spoke in a crazy negative fashion. For example, I might say “it’s not, not pleasant,” instead of just saying something was “pleasant.” God forbid something be pleasant!
I realized that changing my outlook, my perception, was basically just stopping a bad habit. It was actually far easier to do once I got rolling. I still bite my nails, I still eat more Belgian chocolate pudding than I should, but changing my perception from a negative slant to a positive one was fairly easy by comparison. I think the reason for that is that once I began finding the bright side in situations, even in situations that initially didn’t appear to have a bright side, I became a happier person. Another benefit is that the number of negative situations that come my way has been greatly reduced. Or at least, that’s my perception…