Let’s start this week out with a big shot of positivity!
Have you ever felt that something is so terrible, hard, or painful that there’s no way you can possibly find anything positive in it?
I sure have!
I think it happens to all of us every once in awhile.
It’s unavoidable but we can change how we respond to these situations with a little effort.
Whenever I can’t see a bright side I think about one of the most powerful life changing books I’ve ever read,’ The Hiding Place’ by Corrie Ten Boom.
The Hiding Place is a book about the challenging things Corrie and her family went through during the Holocaust.
Corrie and her sister, Betsie, were both taken to the same concentration camp. Their story is one that has inspired millions.
I have been inspired by how strong these sisters were. How they were able to stay positive and keep hope alive under such horrific conditions.
Here’s one example Corrie shared that comes into my mind again and again when I’m having a hard time being positive minded.
It is the epitome of how to stay positive even when you think you can’t.
At one point Corrie and Betsie were sent to live in a barrack that was known for having fleas.
And fleas it did have!
The fleas were everywhere. In fact, there were so many fleas in this particular barrack that even the guards didn’t want to step foot in the room.
Corrie was miserable. She hated the fleas.
She said, “The fleas! This is too much. ‘Betsie, there’s no way even God can make me grateful for a flea.’
Corrie cursed the fleas.
But Betsie always looked to find something positive.
With Betsie’s encouragement Corrie was eventually grateful for the fleas because it gave them the freedom to read their bible without fear of guards confiscating it. This was crucial because reading the Bible was their lifeline of hope for the future and kept them going day to day.
Now if two sisters in a concentration camp living in the midst of a flea infestation can find a positive side to their situation I think we can too!
But how do you do that when things aren’t going so well?
Photo compliments of Rosemary Thompson
- First you must realize that the positive side of some things is not always easy to see or immediately able to be seen.
- Second you must make a conscientious effort to look for the positives.
- Third you must practice living like this until it becomes natural for you. Until it’s second nature.
Life will throw many curveballs at you.
When you learn to focus on the positive side of whatever life throws your way you will discover some really important things.
You will be able to think more clearly in the midst of crisis.
You will be able to handle challenges better.
You will be stronger and you will be happier!
Now, we all know that positive thinking is good for us.
It has many benefits to your mind, body and health.
But I’m also a realist.
There will be times when you just can’t find a positive side to a situation and that’s ok too.
The ‘Flea’ Example
We can’t all be like Corrie and Betsie. No doubt they were extraordinary people!
But we can try.
And we can learn from their ‘flea’ example.
When You Feel There Are No Positives…
use the ‘flea’ bar as a target.
Strive to think like Corrie and Betsie.
You may not always hit the mark but when you set the bar high and work towards it you will get close enough. 🙂
Here’s to an awesome week!
Please leave a comment and share tips with us about what you do to maintain a positive perspective. I would love to hear from you!