We cannot deny that it’s been a long winter, and not merely in terms of the weather. Sure, we’ve been having, hurricanes and floods, but the financial storms that gripped the economy made the climate seem to be “in step” with the economic conditions. The sun always rises following the darkest hour just before the dawn. With the month of February just arrived, the traditional turning of the year from darkness to light we will very soon be waking up to brightness and light.
During February and March nature makes it’s presence felt with the lovely snowdrops and daffodils “bursting through the soil”. Spring is a time to look forward with eagerness as there is something new happening every day. Spring proves that hope “springs eternal”.
So with the onset of Spring we can bid farewell to giving focus to what is missing from our lives. Let us concentrate instead on our blessings. Feeling sorry for ourselves stops us appreciating all that is good and prevents us from recognizing new opportunities. Research indicates lottery winners are no happier than people who do not win, and in many cases, winners have been know to become depressed in the years following their win.
We all have a basic level of happiness, a range of joy we’ll stay within regardless of our external circumstances. The greatest factor in determining the level of this joy is our mental attitude. Instead of feeling we must change our circumstances, we should try changing the way we interpret those circumstances. It sounds easier said than done because if we’ve always seen the glass half-empty, we most likely will not transform into a positive thinker overnight. We cannot always control what happens to us but we do have the power to control how we respond, which ultimately indicates how we feel.
“Many of us spend half our time wishing for things that we could have
if we did’nt spend half our time wishing” – Alexander Woolcott.