Working on your thoughts is one of the most valuable things you can do for your life. It’s not always an easy journey, as the quote above says…“It requires climbing out of the deep valleys of your life & scaling your own Mount Everests.” But think about how beautiful this world would be if more of us developed self-mastery. And while we can’t change the world, we can change ourselves & have a more positive influence on the world around us.
But how do we lift our thoughts when life isn’t going the way we planned? One of my favorite talks on staying positive, even when life may not be so pleasant is called “Come What May & Love It” by Joseph B. Wirthlin. He teaches that “the way we react to adversity can be a major factor in how happy and successful we can be in life.” He gives four points to follow when we are faced with adversity…
1. LEARN TO LAUGH
“Have you ever seen an angry driver who, when someone else makes a mistake, reacts as though that person has insulted his honor, his family, his dog, and his ancestors all the way back to Adam? Or have you had an encounter with an overhanging cupboard door left open at the wrong place and the wrong time which has been cursed, condemned, and avenged by a sore-headed victim? There is an antidote for times such as these: learn to laugh….The next time you’re tempted to groan, you might try to laugh instead. It will extend your life and make the lives of all those around you more enjoyable.”
2. SEEK FOR THE ETERNAL
“Learning to endure times of disappointment, suffering, and sorrow is part of our on-the-job training. These experiences, while often difficult to bear at the time, are precisely the kinds of experiences that stretch our understanding, build our character, and increase our compassion for others. Because Jesus Christ suffered greatly, He understands our suffering. He understands our grief. We experience hard things so that we too may have increased compassion and understanding for others.”
3. UNDERSTAND THE PRINCIPLE OF COMPENSATION
“The Lord compensates the faithful for every loss. That which is taken away from those who love the Lord will be added unto them in His own way. While it may not come at the time we desire, the faithful will know that every tear today will eventually be returned a hundredfold with tears of rejoicing and gratitude”.
4. PUT YOUR TRUST IN YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER & HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son (John 3:16). The Lord Jesus Christ is our partner, helper, and advocate. He wants us to be happy. He wants us to be successful. If we do our part, He will step in. He who descended below all things will come to our aid. He will comfort and uphold us. He will strengthen us in our weakness and fortify us in our distress. He will make weak things become strong.”
As we near the end of the challenge, reflect on what you have learned so far & where you want to go from here. I’m sure you’ve had both triumphs & setbacks. Let the triumphs be the fuel to move you forward & recognize that set-backs are a part of the journey. Don’t let them hold you back, but choose to learn from them & move forward….remember: “Come What May & Love It.”