How many blessings do I have in my life right at this
moment? Oh, my goodness--if I really were to sit
down for five minutes and make a list of the people and
things and situations in my life that are positive, those
blessings would far outweigh my past misfortunes, and they
also would outweigh the current negative things, of which
there are relatively few to speak of.
Charles gives us some really good advice here. If we
spend our time thinking of misfortunes already past, then
our minds are occupied in the present moment with negative
thoughts and ideas, and just how can that possibly help us
to live in a positive way in the here and now? We
always have a choice as to what we focus on in our minds,
and if we choose to keep our minds on negative things from
the past, no matter how justified we feel in doing so,
we're still keeping our minds focused on the
negative. And what good does that do?
One of the reasons for which I prefer to stay focused on
my present blessings is that I've found from experience
that the more I stay focused on blessings, the more
blessings come my way in the future. It's like by
focusing on the positive, I'm opening a door that lets in
more positive; conversely, when I focus on the negative,
I'm opening a door for the negative and more negative
things push their way into my life.
We've all faced misfortune. Some of us keep
ourselves miserable by continuing to focus on those
misfortunes, and not allowing ourselves to open up to the
positive. Others of us, though, allow those
misfortunes to lie in the past, where they belong, and we
focus on the blessings that we have. The ability to
make the most of our here and now lies in our decisions
concerning where we keep our own focus.