And one day the student shall become the teacher. As I became a teacher (sometimes joyfully, sometime begrudgingly, sometimes with a clear view of the irony and karmic significance), this saying is somewhat prophetic. However, in it’s less literal form, it sums up Today’s Perfect Moment quite well.
Today, I, at times the surliest of surly, the grouchiest of grouches, and the most pessimistic of the pessimists, gave someone a lecture on being positive. Actually, if I am being honest, it could probably be described more as a scolding than a lecture. Wow! I really am a teacher.
This blog, some interesting books, and some great people, have improved my outlook enough that I now want to force it down someone’s throat. Yes, believe me, I understand that I really shouldn’t be forcibly trying to make people more positive. When I finish typing I am going to have to apologize a little. However, I do want to influence people to think more positively.
I imagined it like this: If you spend one year negatively waiting for something to happen, you’re going to be unhappy the whole time. Even if the bad thing doesn’t happen, you spent a whole year worrying and dreading, only to be relieved for one day.
If you spend one year doubting something good will happen, hoping to be pleasantly surprised when it does, you’re going to be unhappy for a whole year only to happy for one day.
If you’re positive and excited for a whole year and it doesn’t happen, you’re still happy for a whole year, and sad for one day.
Not even considering the effect of positive thinking on making something happen, the math is pretty clear here.
That’s my very simplistic take on it. I am sure I could spin it out, layer it, fill in some more platitudes and add a few case studies and turn it into a self help book. It will be called Happiness Arithmetic: Easier than algebra. If you’re a publisher and you are reading this, contact me as soon as possible.