“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8.
One of the loveliest verses in the entire Bible calls us to focus on what is good and going well in our lives. So often, it seems that we only see the trees and not the forest. We can so easily focus on what is going wrong, rather than seeing all that is going well.
Do you find that this is true in your life? If so, how do you approach each day? With a sense of optimism and joy or the expectation that the other shoe will drop?
If you find yourself to be more pessimistic than optimistic, have you ever thought of changing your attitude and approach to life? While this is not easy, it is possible to do. A person begins with an awareness that a change in their life must be made and then the determination to do all they can to implement that change. They try to catch themselves if they respond to a situation in a negative way and make every attempt to turn it around and to see it more positively. It begins in their awareness and a desire to change the way they approach life.
So go ahead and see life in a more positive light. It’s not to suggest that you become a Pollyanna or to simplify your life so that it doesn’t feel like you are yourself. It does suggest that happiness is often found in the way we see things and the way we try to draw out the positive in ourselves and others.
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third St. South and can be reached at [email protected] or 651-439-2059 extension 718.