It may be possible to have “neutral” thoughts – calculations or bare statements of fact, for example – but most can probably be described as being positive or negative, optimistic or pessimistic. So if I am asked whether I see the proverbial glass as “half full” or “half empty,” maybe I do not in fact change the reality of how much water is in the glass, but I can determine my attitude, my perception of that reality.
If I choose to focus upon the beautiful and honorable, and whatever is good and pure and admirable, and I orient myself to love, hope, faith and fortitude, then I have centered upon and permeated my whole life with light, life and goodness. And why should I desire anything other or less than this, especially when it remains within my power to benefit myself to such an extraordinary degree?
This is not looking at life and the world through “rose-colored glasses.” This is consciously choosing an exacting, unrelenting perspective that will not let go of the good, or throw faith to the wind and hope to the dung-heap. It is a well-known fact that many men and women have survived unthinkable atrocities, such as prison camps, precisely because they held on to such an outlook and kept precisely this sort of mindset while other around them curled up and died.
I am no Pollyanna. I simply choose to be soberly optimistic, reasonably positive, and live my very real life in this very real world from this vantage point rather than the other; and to the degree I am able to accomplish this laudable goal, I am happy and at peace. May the same be true for you as well, whomever you are, whatever your particular circumstances. And blessings to you and yours!
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
– Abraham Lincoln
“A particular train of thought persisted in, be it good or bad, cannot fail to produce its results on the character and circumstances.”
– James Allen
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
– From the Proverbs of Solomon (23.7)