Turning Negatives into Positives

Here we are, most of us filled with hope and possibilities at the start of a brand new year. The best way to start anything new (or old) is with enthusiasm and energy. A bright attitude always helps. But sometimes, things happen to drag us down. I’m a little late in writing this post because the area that I live in was beset with terrible disasters with terrible results. How can we keep up our hopes when things unravel around us? It’s a challenge writing my lightweight mysteries when my mind is troubled. How to overcome one’s circumstances when they’re not so pleasant?

I looked for role models. Examples of exemplary behavior and actions. Things to uplift my thoughts and mind. I thought of other writers. And one jumped out at me. A young one, whose short life impacted so many. Her inspirational writings shared hopes and dreams, memorialized in a little red and white checkered diary given to her as a gift on her thirteenth birthday by her parents.

Anne Frank spent much of her life hiding during Nazi Germany. She wrote while living in an environment where hopes and dreams had no right to exist. But her writings were mostly positive. Take a look at these quotes:

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”

“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”

These pearls of wisdom come to us from a youngster living in one of the most terrible times in history. Yet she was basically telling us to always look up. To seek out the positive. Can there be more inspiration than that?

So the next time you feel yourself sinking, think of these words from Anne Frank:

“Cheer up, keep your spirits high, things are bound to get better!”

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6 years ago

Thank you Lida. Actually I was feeling a little down, after I read your blog, now I feel better. Thank you.

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