I accepted a challenge to post three positive things each day for five days in a row on Facebook. The process of thinking about positive things is in itself very productive and meaningful. Often it is easy to get frustrated or even angry when life’s challenges feel overwhelming. But it is in the more difficult of circumstances that you need to dig deep to find what is positive, and it in the process of transforming one’s perspective from negative to positive that things will suddenly begin to look brighter.
On one of the particularly challenging days I wrote the following:
Day 3 of 5 of posting 3 positive things, belated, because yesterday was a particular tough day. So, when I hit a rough patch, I dig deeper inside to discover who I really am, where I really come from, and what matters most to me,
1. I am thankful for the family I was born into. My dad is smart, witty, supremely competent and competitive but considerate and compassionate at the same time, I learn most of my professional and interpersonal skills from him. My mom is creative and nurturing, a wonderful teacher to generations of students, and a curious student of the world, I learn from her how to appreciate beauty and truth. My brothers share the same drive for excellence and the same passion for beauty and for truth, and despite physical distance, the three of us remain close at heart.
2. I am thankful to have a wide circle of friends around the world, Some I can laugh with, some I can cry with, many I can have a fierce intellectual debate with, and many I can play my beloved word games with and share recipes and music and other things I love with.
3. I am thankful for the many teachers and mentors I have had throughout my life. They have been generous with their time and wisdom and have given me a deep, deep well to draw from to analyze every new problem, to make every difficult decision, to treat others well, and to treat myself well.