August 1, 2010.
"If we were logical, the future would be bleak, indeed. But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope, and we can work." Jacques Cousteau
There are times when life can look pretty bleak. And there are moments when life looks even bleaker than that. And let's be honest, nobody likes bleak. Bleak is yucky. Bleak is gloomy. Bleak is drab, dreary and downright depressing.
Bleak is well, bleak. And we don't like bleak. We don't want bleak. In fact, given a choice, we would choose for bleak to go away... and go away forever. Yet we sometimes unknowingly roll out the red carpet for bleak to bleed into our lives. We don't mean to. And we certainly don't want to. But we do. We open the door. And bleak takes over.
And then puts a big time damper on just about everything we do.
"Even in the bleakest times, there are gifts to be discovered." Jann Mitchell
Like it or not, bleak is going to rear its ugly head every now and again. There are going to be times when things don't go your way, when nothing seems to work; bleaker than bleak moments when it feels like nothing's going right.
There is nothing you can do about bleak showing up at your doorstep. But that doesn't mean you have to let it in. in fact, there are a lot of positive things YOU CAN DO when things look bleak.
Instead of focusing on what's going wrong... look at what's going right. Instead of getting flustered and frustrated... find the good in the bad situation and start building a better life. Instead of losing your cool and ultimately losing control... step away from your problems and start moving in a positive direction.
"Don't ever lose hope. Even when life seems bleak and hopeless, know that you are not alone." Nancy Reagan
When life slings a curveball right at you, you need to take a deep breath and relax. Hey, I know it's not easy. In fact, when things start unraveling, it's easy to unravel with them. Please don't. Instead, I want you to consciously slow things down and collect yourself. And look at what you've got going FOR YOU right now; the good stuff, the positive stuff, the stuff that makes your life rich and rewarding.
That's right; I want you to focus on the positive aspects of your life. Block out the bad - and look at the good. Focus on the positives - and toss the negatives aside. And you'll discover you have a lot more going for you than you think.
"Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself." Desiderius Erasmus
It's not real easy to stay positive when you're up to your eyeballs in darkness and despair. It's hard to see the light when problems start to pile up, when difficulties seem to surface at every turn. I know, I've been there many times before. But the light is there... burning bright and true and strong.
You just need to look.
No matter how dire your circumstances may seem right now, you've got more going right than going wrong. You've got a lot more going for you than going against you. It may not seem like it sometimes, especially when things aren't going your way. But know this: God has blessed you with an indefatigable spirit that can overcome any adversity you'll ever face. YOU CAN ABSOLUTELY HANDLE ABSOLUTELY anything life tosses your way.
Yes, you can.
So the next time darkness invades your life, you need to get right... right away. Show the right attitude, a refuse to lose mindset that cannot be defeated. Don't give in to your problems; don't give in to the bleakness. Don't give an inch.
Turn away from your troubles. Turn your face to the sunshine. And you'll start turning bleak into bright.
The Bottom Line: When you get right, things will be all right.
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