Through Rose Coloured Glasses
I often talk about how being positive is good for you and how you could make yourself happy just by thinking you are happy. In doing some research, I found there are many web sites and blogs dedicated to positive thinking and the pursuit of happiness, and new ones are popping up all the time. There are also many books on the topic of personal happiness, and several of them are on the best-sellers list. People are finding that they can indeed "fool" themselves into being happy by having an optimistic outlook. Being happy isn’t so difficult, sometimes you just have to try!
One of my friends is a huge Paul McCartney fan and she asked me to re-run a column I had written a couple years ago, which I had written after he celebrated his 70th birthday. So, here it is, although with a few changes which I felt I had to add after going to the Cyndi Lauper/Cher concert last week.
Once again this Father’s Day, I thought about my Dad and wished I had had more time with him. However, it struck me that many of the things he taught me have stayed with me throughout the years and that his advice (often not asked for, but received just the same) has formed who I became as an adult and how I have led my life. So, I sat down and made a list of the things I learned from him and use that list as my column this week.
Sometimes life throws us a curve that may cause us to feel sorry for ourselves or to become discouraged. It may be issues at your work place, a relationship that is not going well or any other number of things. Believe it or not, there is a purpose for adversity. As Arianna Huffington states in her new book “Thrive”, “there is a hidden purpose – and alchemy – in suffering that’s transmuted into wisdom and strength”.