Positive Thinking. A Terminology that we face a lot these days in books, seminars, life coach lectures and real life experiences. We always listen to those people talking about positive energy and how it impacted their lives with a smile on our face. But then we ask ourselves, Is it really gonna work with me? Am I gonna be that strong Or, I wish my life was that easy.
I think there is a misunderstanding about Positive Thinking. Positive Thinking does not mean that you should be always happy. Positive Thinking is not equal to JOYFUL. Joyful is a result of Positive thinking. Allah created us with a heart full of emotions. We must feel everything, happiness, sadness, anger, excitement,……etc. Or else, we will not be humans.
Life is full of ups and downs. This is normal, we can not change anything about that fact and no one can run away from it. But the difference between the positive person and any other person is the way they react to ups and downs, specifically downs. No one’s life is perfect. All of us face difficulties and obstacles. We have the right to take the time we need until we heal . It is part of our nature, that what makes us human. Again, It is not normal for a person to hide away from sadness and keep smiling and neglect his feelings. But, afterwards what are you going to do? Are you gonna turn this hard time into a turning point in you life or you gonna keep feeling sorry about yourself and lose your self confidence. Are you gonna get stuck in your sadness or you will move forward?
As I mentioned before, life is full of ups and downs and you will never understand the ups unless you feel the downs. you will never know you are a strong person unless you face a hard time. You will never know how happiness feels until you feed the sadness. We cannot avoid problems and negativity in our lives. It is part of the life’s KARMA.
The difference comes with the way you react, how do you manage a bad experience? How do you transform your anger into creativity and a new starting point. Let’s state an example here: A person got diagnosed with a disease, let’s say diabetes or a heart disease. A person can either grieve and turn everything into black in his life or he can start look to his life from another perspective. He can tell himself that he has to change his lifestyle into a healthier one, change his eating habits and exercise more. See the difference between both, both are facing an obstacle, but it is the way you perceive it.
Positive Thinking is a choice. You choose how you are going to react in your life. Again, Positive energy doesn’t mean that you are always happy. It means that you move on and keep moving forward in your life and ask yourself what’s next?.