Zest is all in the mind. A positive mind makes for an energetic and enthusiastic person.

My first thought when I think about being positive has to do with how to avoid being negative; how to not let my energy be drained by useless, parasitic thoughts.

  1. Five years from now
    The first question I ask myself, when faced with a problem, is whether its outcome will impact my life five years from now. More often than not, the answer is no.
    Use then use every moment judiciously...
    John Wooden did say - "Five years from now, you're the same person except for the people you've met and the books you've read"
  2. Talk it out
    I just don't keep it bottled in. Discussing any issue usually puts things in perspective. Our minds have a tendency to blow things out of proportion. Give the thoughts some airing, and they make more sense.
    There is an old saying - "A problem shared is a problem halved".
  3. Is it terrible?
    Again, perspective matters. I watched an episode of 'Grey's Anatomy S8' recently. In that episode, when the really terrible stuff happens, the characters realise how loosely they use the word 'terrible'. Don't let the troubles be blown out-of-proportion.
    Supporting this is a quote by Gordon B. Hinckley - "It's not as bad as you sometimes think it is. It ALL works out. Don't worry."
  4. Count your blessings
    I remember the good things in life. The zeal for jumping the hurdles with a smile comes back.
    And I quote another inspiring quote, this one by Irving Berlin - "When I'm worried and I can't sleep; I count my blessings instead of sheep."
  5. This too shall pass
    If nothing else works... Well, this too shall pass, is always true.
    Give it your best shot, and then wait for it to pass.
    "Remember no matter what...
    How good it is or
    How bad it is.
    It won't last...
    Life is forever changing...
    This too shall pass away..."
Believe... Belief shows the way...


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