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Love is an ideal thing, marriage is a real thing. A confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
-- Goethe
 

 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Positive in the negative

When you’re going through a negative experience, it takes real work to see the positive in it. Yet when you can do that work, there’s no limit to the difference you can make.

Great achievements very often grow out of great difficulties. Those who see the opportunity, and act on it, truly move the world forward.

When you’re buried in trouble, disappointment, frustration and confusion, it seems like you can’t possibly see anything good in it. Yet that good is there, those positive possibilities are there, and when you have the strength and the foresight to look, you’ll begin to see them.

One big key is to not take the difficult times personally, even though they may feel extremely personal. Step back, give yourself some objectivity, and you’ll start to see the situation differently.

Instead of worrying, complaining or feeling sorry for yourself, adopt a counterintuitive strategy of being thankful. Be thankful for the goodness that will come out of your troubles, and you’ll be able to bring that goodness to life.

When you’re knocked down by life’s troubles, the best thing you can do is to look for the best thing you can do, and do it. See the positive in the negative, and as soon as you do, you’ll start to leave the trouble behind.

— Ralph Marston

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