Stay on the sunny side of life


I have met many people who seem to have lost the meaning of the word optimism. They allow themselves to live in a very negative frame of mind. For them, life seems to be full of doom and gloom.

For example, the weather is always too hot or too cold. The grass is not growing or it’s growing too fast. The government is doing nothing right, and all the politicians are of no value. They are all in it for themselves. Unfortunately, the list goes on and on. There just isn’t anything in life or this world that seems to meet with their approval.

Don’t misunderstand me. I don’t always agree with everything and everybody; however, everything and everybody are not bad. There is still a lot of good people in our world in all walks of life.

About the time I hear myself complaining about the price of gasoline, it is then that I realize it could be worse, and I change my attitude and make the best of it.

I notice when my attitude is positive, I have a much better appreciation for life and others. Helen Keller said it right when she said, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.”

Don’t allow yourself to miss the beauty of life by looking at it every day through a negative view master. You will be surprised if you look at it with a view of optimism.

“The cynic is one who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing” [Oscar Wilde].

I realize it’s winter, however, I remind you that spring is just around the corner and you can once again look forward to the sunshine and the roses. The next time you find yourself in the mood to find fault with life, stop and be reminded that you’re wasting valuable time that you could be spending enjoying life.



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George A. Hazlett is a retired minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He has written the weekly column, Think About it!, published weekly in Farm and Dairy for almost 28 years. He and his wife, Myrna, live in Hartville, Ohio.



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