Sep 10, 2011
Last time, I talked about "Giving thanks anyway," which sometimes can seem to be a lot to ask of yourself. And one of the reasons is the often-asked question of what is there to feel positive about in the situation you're in. And, if you feel like you need to ask that question, your question is very valid.
I was given an answer to that question by a woman who wrote in the "Sound Off" column of the local newspaper here (The Delaware County Times - a personal favorite). Her item in that column showed a lot of insight in a situation which would cause anyone to be highly upset. And that she recognized the positive and let it be known means that she will emerge victorious - and she's the type of person for whom things like this work out for the better. You'll see what I mean when you hear what she had to say.
Sometimes it can be hard to find the positive in a negative situation, especially if the people around you insist on being negative. But you can find it, and you don't have to be a "Pollyanna" or a "fluff bunny" to find it and to know it when you see it. And when you find it, you'll see how it strengthens you!
I've been there a few times myself, most recently enduring Hurricane Irene. And I saw what's coming from that. I've known people who have been through worse than that, such as people who have seen their cities bombed almost beyond recognition. On a more everyday level, virtually every one of us will have to experience the death of a loved one, usually more than once or twice.
There is a way to find the positive. And, there are some basic facts you can rely on in helping you with such a quest when it becomes necessary.