The Glass is Half Full

2/20/2014

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…

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