An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity, according to Sir Winston Churchill.

The greatest discovery of  our generation is that, we can alter our lives by altering our attitudes of mind. Optimism is a cheerful frame of mind that enables a tea kettle to sing though it's in hot water up to its nose. Although something happens to us or something happens around us, what is more important is what happens within us.

So letís talk happiness. The world is sad enough without our woes. No path is wholly rough; letís look for the places that are smooth and clear, and speak of them to rest the weary ear of those who are so hurt by continuous strain, of human discontent, grief and pain.

Letís talk faith. The world is better off without our uttered ignorance and morbid doubt. If we have faith in God, or man, or self, letís say so. If not, letís push back upon the shelf of silence all our thoughts, till faith shall come. No one will grieve because our lips are dumb.

Letís talk health. The dreary, never-changing tale of mortal maladies is worn and stale. We could not charm, or interest, or please by harping on that minor chord--disease. Letís say that we are well, or all is well with us, and God shall hear our words and make them true (Ella Wheeler Wilcox).

Keep looking up and smile; remember there is only mud under our feet. Cheerfulness is what greases the axles of the world. Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not (Ralph Waldo Emerson). God has two dwellings: one in Heaven and the other in a thankful heart (Izaak Walton). When we know that everything has two sides, let us look at the bright side only (Mahatma Gandhi).

Are you dissatisfied with yourself? Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).

We are often discontented and much dissatisfied that our wish for recognition has not been gratified. We feel that we've been cheated in beauty, charm, and brains, and we dwell upon our "losses", forgetting all our "gains."  The qualities we think we lack make us miserable inside, as we brood on supposed "deficits" as seen by selfish pride.

We begin to harbor hatred and envy fills our heart that we do not possess the things that make others  "seem so smart."  And in our condemnation of the traits that we possess, we magnify our painful plight, sinking deeper in distress.

Please do forgive us oh, Lord, for vanity and pride, for desiring to please the eye of man and not You who see inside!

Little do we realize how contented we would be if we know that we are beautiful when our hearts are touched by God!

The wise and true Scripture tells us, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." (Proverbs 23:7)  AndÖ ďWhatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise think of these things.

 

 

 

Tim