Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Healing Power of Positive Thinking

Every "brick wall" in life has a silver lining. 
To see it, look beyond the trials we can't change and
 focus on the attitude we can change.

Life dishes out new challenges, trials, and opportunities every day. Regardless of what hand you were dealt today, you have the power to make it a good day.

We all know we are responsible for our actions. But sometimes we forget that we are also responsible for our attitude. When things go wrong, it's human nature to look for someone or something to blame. This scapegoat process tends to feed our anger, frustration, and pain. These negative feelings continue to build until we say or do something we later regret.

The next time we hit a "brick wall" or find ourselves in a situation that is out of our control, (i.e. the death of a loved one, financial distress, loss of a job, a break-up, or fight with a friend), instead of wasting time and energy on wondering what could have been done or focusing on what was lost, look for the silver lining. If there doesn't seem to be one in sight, make a list of the blessings in your life. It might seem minuscule, but it helps to put into perspective what is going well in our lives when all seems lost.

As we review this list of positives, no matter how long or short it may be, other blessings may pop into mind that we hadn't thought of before. Studying this list over time gives us the mental ammunition we need to move forward. Eventually, we are able to see the silver lining of almost any situation. The heavy heart starts to heal; the weight on our shoulders feels lifted; the brick walls come down. As we help ourselves heal mentally and emotionally, we feel better physically.

Our minds are powerful tools. Focusing on the silver lining in bad situations opens the door to self-healing. It allows us to get back to the person we want to be. Positive thinking doesn't happen easily for some, but that doesn't mean it can't happen.

Brick Wall, Positive Attitude


  1. Sometimes you need someone beside you to help, but it can still be done.

  2. SO true! This is how I felt on Sunday when we were late to church YET AGAIN... It seemed like things kept going wrong right and left and I was so frustrated and discouraged that I threw a little temper tantrum and exclaimed, "I don't even know why I try!?" And my 9 year old (Sweet, sweet boy) said, "Because it's the right thing to do Mom. Don't give up." WOWZERS. Talk about silver lining. What a simple, but precious moment. :) Great blog!

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  5. thankyou for a really nice reminder - This is valuable reading... Positive thinking is something which can be easily forgotten amongst the daily challenges each person faces.