I’m currently working as stage manager for a children’s production of “Willie Wonka” and one of my favorite songs from the show is called “Think Positive.” This whimsical story of honesty and integrity, along with positive thinking is a great example for all of us. Not only that, the two casts of twenty some kids, are great examples of putting your best food forward and having a positive attitude.
There are days, when we really have to look hard for things that make us feel good about ourselves, our lives, our futures or our past. Those are the hardest days to get through, because we often find ourselves dwelling on the negative. Add to that all the surrounding adverse news, political rhetoric and aches and pains of aging and you have a formula for total depression. Who wants to live like that? Wallowing in self-pity and hopelessness certainly isn’t my idea of a good time.
Even when things are dragging us down, we need to look for the positive in each situation. A couple weeks ago, I was almost immobile because of back pain. I’ve suffered with many a kidney stone and assumed this was the same thingI discovered that I didn’t have a stone, but some suspicious little nodules showed up on the cat scan. Of course my first thought was that I had Cancer.
How do you think positive when you know you might be facing death? For me and those who know that life doesn’t end with death, I had the positive reassurance of eternal life. On the other hand, I’m human and I’m a worrier. When my personal physician ordered another Cat Scan and the results were negative for Cancer, my heart leaped for joy. My husband would have to put up with me for a little longer.
The fact that good news came from a bad situation doesn’t always happen, but when we can turn the negative thinking into positive thoughts, we can muddle through life a whole lot easier.
God doesn’t want us to worry and has offered His only Son to carry the load of our depression. He is the most positive influence in our lives, when we let him do what he does best.