According to the “all knowing” creators of my trusty desk calendar, Thursday was “National Positive Thinking Day”. These creators also declared Thursday to be “Fortune Cookie Day” and “National Peanut Day” but fortune cookies and peanuts have nothing to do with this post….
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the profound effect that our thoughts have on how we view the world and how we function in it each day. Last year I was fortunate to hear singer/songwriter Hilary Weeks speak at an event that I attended. She spoke passionately about the power of positive thinking. She said that if we focus on positive things, our thoughts will be more positive and our lives in turn will become more positive. I agree completely.
I think that as we focus on the positive things around us our lives become more positive, optimistic and hopeful. I was thinking about this a few days ago on my way to work. Five days a week, I drive the same route to work at approximately the same time. Last Friday, I was in a particularly positive frame of mind. My commute that day was different. First, I noticed the most amazing sunrise and breathtaking cloud formations. Next, while I was stopped at a traffic signal a patch of beautiful wildflowers on the side of the road caught my eye. Then, while stuck in bumper to bumper traffic, I enjoyed watching a flock of geese frolicking down by the river below. As I arrived I mused about the fact that the only thing different about my commute that day was my attitude. The previous day I had passed the same streets and the same beautiful things without taking notice of them.
While I’m not always successful, most days I do try to look for the positive and recognize the good around me. I am continually in awe of the beauty of the world that our Heavenly Father has created for us. I believe that if we strive to see the world and ourselves as our Heavenly Father does we will see more of the beautiful, positive and good. As we are able to see the world as more positive and hopeful, we become a part of making it that way for others….
P.S. Check out Hilary Weeks’ positive thinking website: http://www.billionclicks.org.