How do you view the world? Are you a glass half full person or do you subscribe to the glass half empty theory? How we view the world really does impact our lives. One friend of mine has the opinion that if she empties her glass at the end of each day, she will get more in her glass the next day; another friend tells me that her glass is so full that it spills over the top!
So which philosophy will bring more happiness to you? How does your belief system serve you? The creative power of the mind is beyond what we can even imagine, and most of us aren’t even aware of what we are thinking. How crazy is that? What you think matters.
Every thought is a seed, a spark of creative energy. One brief thought does not carry much power; however, the same thought over and over produces results, even if we are not aware of what we are creating. This is why it is important how you view the world, what you think, and especially what you believe. Are you happy? On a scale of one to ten, where do you fit? What do you do to increase your level of happiness? Do you believe you are able to control your own happiness?
Many people I know just focus on the negatives, stuck in anger, bitterness, resentment, or being a victim. Whatever negatives you may be holding on to, please for your own sake, let them go. Even if the anger is directed at someone else, that anger only takes away from the person holding it. Here’s an example:
Sitting at my desk one afternoon a young gentleman entered my office. He worked part-time answering phones at the BMW center where I am the Sales Manager. He handed me a little piece of paper from his fortune cookie he had eaten for lunch that read, “Focus on the positive and you will flourish.” He says to me, “This reminded me of you.”
His thoughtfulness really put a smile on my face. When he started working at the dealership, he was so negative and down about life. His father, who had the same name as he, took his social security number and ruined his credit before he was eighteen years of age. This young man was so bitter and angry about this betrayal. He barely knew his father and just had hate spewing out of him about how his life was ruined. The anger showed in his demeanor.
He was a very smart, polite young man, but he believed there was no hope for his future. He was all doom and gloom. Every day I talked with him a little to try to shine some light and get him to see a brighter picture. Months passed and I got nowhere; he was certain his life would suck forever! Finally, one day as he was ranting on about how it really doesn’t matter what he does, his future is ruined, blah, blah, blah. I got so angry and said in a forceful manner, “What if you get to the end of your life and you realize you were wrong? What then? It will be too late! Isn’t it better to think of all the possibilities that may be ahead then to doom yourself before you get started? What if you are WRONG? What if you are WRONG! I said again. Use your imagination to think of something good that might happen!” and with that being said, I walked off.
Something happened that day. My anger got to him. I see it as a true miracle. His whole personality changed. A door opened that allowed him to see the possibility of a great future. He realized that the horrible situation he was living with would pass one day. He also awoke to the fact that his anger was hurting him, not his father. Once this young gentleman let go of his anger, his whole expression changed. Everyone could see the difference in him immediately. His whole attitude shifted to the positive side. He became more alive and focused on his future. He began filing for grants and scholarships, and sure enough, he got what he needed. He became so grateful to me for helping him see the possibilities, and he made sure everyone knew how I was the one that helped him make the shift.
Even after he stopped working with me, he occasionally popped in to get a pep talk or to let me know how he was doing. So, on that particular day when he gave me his fortune cookie message, it made me feel good knowing that I made a difference in his life. It is also one of those messages that the universe sends out all the time, and I call these messages, Godsends.
The positive message from that fortune cookie is a good daily reminder for me to keep a positive focus. I tape the message on my computer keyboard. Life on the job is pretty hectic, and that little message I see every day makes me feel good. Over the next several years that fortune cookie message gives me a positive focus whenever I need it. And believe me when I say, “I need it often.”
That incident occurred a few years ago. In the end, the young man that awakened to new possibilities, and delivered the fortune cookie message to me, ended up giving me as much, if not more, than I had given him. You get back what you give…and often times more.
Please come with me and see how my journey inward has many surprises. Learn how I change my beliefs and am able to let go of my past pain. Without awareness, nothing can change. I discover true miracles do happen. Many times we just don’t wait long enough for them to appear. My life miracle only took twenty-five years to discover. Once this miracle is revealed I gain a new perspective with a bird’s eye view that allows me to see the magic and miracles that followed me my whole life.
The discovery takes me by surprise because I wasn’t looking for a miracle. Twenty-five years ago I used to say, “I need a miracle to fix my life!” I’m so glad I did not sit around waiting for it. Instead, I focused on all that was good in my life and not what was missing, and believe me, there was much missing.
My positive action in troubled times created the miracle I’m living today, with help and guidance from above, or perhaps as I see it now, Divine help from within. Within us is the connection we need to feel complete; we just need to tune-in and seek the power.
Are you waiting for a miracle? Waiting for something outside yourself to change you? This is your life, and it’s a wonderful gift. Please, make the time for your own self-discovery. You will find all the answers you need and may even uncover your own miracle. Here’s hoping you do.
I think of positive thoughts like helium in a balloon. When enough helium goes into the balloon, the balloon begins to lift, and once the balloon stretches, it becomes easier to expand. The same principle applies regarding positive thoughts and feelings. With enough positivity inside us, our spirit lifts and we rise. After entering this higher plane, it’s easier to keep afloat. All that’s needed is a little force and focus to get started. To feel this elation is so worth the effort in the end.
Awareness of thought is the initial step. We are creating our world constantly, with awareness or without. If you plant crab apples, you can’t expect to harvest golden delicious. That’s all I’m saying. Once past the negatives in life, the experience of joy flows. Joy is possible for everyone. Only you can determine if you are willing to look inside yourself and do the work necessary to get to your joy, or as I call it, getting to the positive side of pain. All I know is that putting in the effort to go within myself is the best thing I have ever done.
Terri Lynn’s inspirational story shows her fight to be happy in the midst of a living hell. Her two young sons moved away with their father. Devastated, without a will to live, Terri Lynn surrenders her life to God for the strength to carry on. Her story demonstrates that when God steps in, magic and miracles follow. Living on welfare amid shattered dreams, she had to choose happiness or die in sadness. After a few years, she awakened to new possibilities and set a goal. Once her goal was set, divine guidance took over and directed her, much like a navigation system. Before long, she was living a luxurious life with her sons, and her happiness level went over the top. Her gratitude to God for delivering her from her past pain to such happiness and success put her on a spiritual path, a journey within. Her message is simple: The decision to be happy, no matter what, makes everything feel better, and when you feel good, good things happen.
About the Author
TERRI LYNN is an expert at choosing happiness and using the Divine navigation system. As a sales manager she motivated and inspired others and became known as Fortune Cookie. She lives in Newtown Square, Pa. with her son Dan. Her intention is to show the benefits of putting happiness first.