I am happy to welcome Jo Ann Simon, author of Rose Colored Glasses: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Hope, to Look to the Western Sky ,today. She is on blog tour with WOW! Women On Writing , and I’m one of the stops. Below, she has written a post about her positive attitude. Her memoir is about her husband getting a tick bite on Block Island. She says, “We shared a story that felt like a dream. Every moment was an adventure… and then Tom became ill. As his mysterious symptoms persisted, we were hurtled through a maze of fear, tests, doubts and sorrow. But while doctors toyed with diagnoses– Lyme disease, ALS–we filled each day with joy, hope, good food, wine, music, and travel. Even when death came to crush our storybook romance, we found that the human spirit is greater than the frailties of the body, greater than suffering and grief.”
A Positive Attitude
Guest post by Jo Ann Simon
Everyone has a choice to be positive or negative. You can see it every day just walking down the street or in the supermarket. Look at the people and see who has a smile, or glint in their eyes showing their enjoyment of the day. Then you see the people with their heads down, grimacing or griping about their dour situations. They might have a dour situation, or they are creating it for themselves. It is much easier to be positive and feel something good than to be stuck in your own doubt.
Having a positive attitude gives you a very special power. This power allows you to see things in a better way and know that anything is possible. That door of endless possibilities is always open. Negativity slams that door closed and forces that person to feel woe is me because nothing is possible for them. I like to get my crowbar out and try to open that door with simple ideas of possibilities. It is amazing to me that a negative person cannot even think about the simplest solutions to situations. Their minds are crammed with swarms of downward delusional thoughts, so they can’t find that glimmer of hope for something good.
I am always unnerved with the amount of negativity in our world and try to change it every day. I have been in a conference room with a group of co-workers who are speaking doom and gloom, and I will ask why we can’t change the situation with a different method. They all look at me and say, “Jo Ann has her Rose Colored Glasses on today”. I do have those glasses on, and normally, when a positive suggestion is made, it comes as a surprise because negativity tends to rule the day. But, when they all start thinking and talking about how to change it for the better, excitement starts building into something wonderful and doable.
Having a positive attitude makes life much more enjoyable and easier. My goal is to make the most of every day, no matter what is happening in life around me. I strive to live every day to the fullest, and spread the wealth of the notion that anything is possible if you try to think like that.
I wear my Rose Colored Glasses every day, whether you can see them or not, and I am a better person for doing that.
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