Dec 1, 2012
Seeing What is Right
One way to become enthusiastic is to look for the plus sign. To make progress in any difficult situation, you have to start with what's right about it and build on that.
-- Norman Vincent Peale
When things are really tough, it is hard to look at what is right. This fall has been stressful for me: a medical crisis involving people I love, the assisted living center saying Dwane needed to go into a nursing home, two flat tires, plumbing problems, optical migraines that changed my vision, and a neighbor running into and destroying our mailbox. Any one of these things could be stressful, but, together they created one of the most stressful periods of my life. Even in these difficult situations, it is important to see what is right: The skilled staff in the intensive care unit, the wonderful will to live, the love and prayers and support from caring people, the ability to honor what is important and let other things go, the skill of asking for help, allowing others to love and support us. And, most of all, the good outcome. Much that is right, and much to be grateful for -- to build on even better times. What is going right in your life right now?