Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Which Do You Want...The Best or The Worst?

For years, maybe decades, I was one of those folks who thought, “Everything works out for the best”…and it seemed to.

Then, for a variety of reasons (not the least of which was that I let life challenges get me down), I moved away from that positive attitude. I was able to put on a good front and most of the folks I know saw me as being wonderfully positive and motivated.

But, behind closed doors I was what I’ve come to call a “functioning pessimist.” I’d dream for the best, but expect the worst. In reality, that’s not a bad way to look at life. If the worst happens you aren’t surprised or disappointed…”Because I knew it would be like that.” However, if the good happened it was surprising and great, “I can’t believe that really worked!”

I’ve come to a point, though, at which it’s time to go back to a positive frame of mind. Life’s too short to expect the worst and…worse yet…expecting the worst seems to bring it forth. I love this quote, “Worry is a prayer for the worry.”

So, one of my New Year’s Resolutions—which, if you think about it is a positive attitude in itself—is that I’m going back to my old way of thinking.

Everything works out for the best.

Interestingly, I’ve focused on this thought for 12 days so far this year and a variety of very positive things have happened. Reconnections with wonderful people, business situations that seemed to drop out of the sky…even finding parking spaces in just the right place have been occurring with surprising frequency. Call it coincidence, call it serendipity, call it what you want. I like it!

I think, “Everything works out for the best” is a prayer for the best.

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