"You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between"
These are some of the words to the song penned by Mr. Johnny Mercer, a prolific lyricist, composer and singer with whom some of us grew up.
Regardless of how bad my previous day may have been, the first thing I do with my first conscious waking breath of each new day is to say "Thank You" to GOD for giving me another day. For as the old people say, "He didn't have to do it".
I have a friend who says that GOD did not wake us up to be failures. So being successful has to be a deliberate conscious decision. How successful we are (or how close we come to success), depends upon how many times we chose to get back up and try again. When we decide not to get up, we will never know if this would have been the day...the day for whatever; the day a lost child comes back home, the day someone we love says "I love you" back, the day we lose the first pound on that diet we have been meaning to start.
While Johnny Mercer passed in 1976, the words to his song can become a mantra for each of us - accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative. While we may not be able to completely eliminate the negative, let's try not to focus so much on the negative. Think about the example of flying in an airplane. When we are flying through a storm, as the plane gains altitude, the storm clouds are left behind. Let's always remember that even if we can only see clouds today, the sun is still up there. It's just behind the clouds. Some days we just have to put on our x-ray glasses (or bi-focals) and focus a little harder in order to see it. We can't just simply give up on the days we don't see the sun because the sun may come out the next day or we may have to hold on a l-i-t-t-l-e longer because it may come out the next day or even the day after that. But, the sun will come back out. Trouble doesn't last always. This too shall pass. If you don't feel that you can hold on until tomorrow, try holding on at least through the night or maybe through the evening. GOD will send someone to give us an encouraging word. He always does. And, just as GOD always sends someone to give us an encouraging word, we may sometimes be that encouraging word to someone else who is struggling to hold on. Be quick to give a kind word. Let it become second nature to be encouraging and uplifting to others.
A compliment is free, but priceless to someone who is on the edge or who is discouraged. People are fragile. I know I am.