Using a Positive Spin

“The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.”
– Author Unknown

A Positive Spin

I read a story about a person who walked past a man changing the light bulbs on a row of old-fashioned street lamps. They greeted one another, and then the man on the ground asked the other how his day was going. The maintenance worker unenthusiastically replied, “All right, but I’m glad it’s Friday.” I spent almost my whole career saying that! How about you? The story continues with a teasing reply: “Oh come on; you’ve got a great job – you get to shine a little light into the world, how great is that?” The other laughed and said he’d never thought about it that way. Creating a positive spin is as easy as that! A little bit of optimism can go a long way…

All of us have situations in our lives that don’t exactly thrill us, whether it’s our job, family, health problems, or something else. I know that optimism isn’t going to magically transform any of these situations – but over time an optimistic mindset can do wonders in keeping our thoughts more balanced. The best way to turn your life from negativity and pessimism is to simply start putting a positive spin on as many things as you can. Did I say simply? Not always – like anything else worthwhile, it takes practice. Ask yourself, “What’s good about what I do? How does it help people? What about my life makes me feel good?“ When I think about being in a wheelchair, I often have to remind myself that I often get to go to the front of a long line, or that I have a place to sit during a long wait! Lame, you say? I don’t know, but it makes me feel better…

Find one good thing to say about a given situation, about a specific person, and/or about yourself, and please let me know how this works for you.


Thank you to “Wings for the Heart” for inspiring this post.

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2 Responses to Using a Positive Spin

  1. dawn blanchette says:

    I admire how you keep such a positive attitude. I have been a C8 quadriplegics for 31 years. I have had major issues with pressure sores and just became permanently confined to a nursing home (a terrible one that only gets a 1/2 star ratingl). All I can do is cry and pray every night that God will let me die by morning. I do have a good chance that this will happen since I also have a very bad heart valve. I wish I could be as happy as you are. I was but I cannot be happy with the terrible care I am receiving here!!

  2. dawn blanchette says:

    Hi….My friend’s daughter set me up with this e-mail account. Hopefully it will work. I have had nobody to e-mail to try it out. I would love to correspond with you. I bought your book on Amazon for my Kindle Fire…you are an amazing woman!!

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