Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. -Charles R. Swindoll
This post is a nod to an old (really, really old) friend who has inspired me on a day I needed it. In the course of one conversation, he turned an illness his family had over the holidays into a blessing because he was able to spend more time with his children, and he was also was able to identify the tremendous progress he has made, in one year’s time, on a work-related challenge.
So, really, I’m not saying anything new… you can turn any situation into a positive one by the way you look at it. Simple, almost ridiculously easy concept, but it is life-changing, if you work at using it regularly. I have seen people in AA suffer horrible tragedies, yet maintain their inner joy, because they know this simple truth: reacting to inevitable negative life events in a negative way will simply compound a problem; reacting with acceptance and gratitude for all that is good in the face of negative events will create the happy, joyous and free life to which we all aspire.
Easy to say, not easy to do, but I am renewed in my determination to make looking at the bright side my instinct!
Sharing laughter and joy with a life-long friend
Posted on January 9, 2013, in Recovery and tagged 12 steps, AA, Addiction, Alcoholism, Andrea Pozzo, Colombia, Ethics, Filarete, Paris, Philosophy, Recovery, Sobriety, United States, Witelo. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.