“It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.” ~Dalai Lama
This quote states a powerful truth: The way we look at things changes what we see, and oftentimes, at least one of the available perspectives is positive in nature.
Here’s a quick story to illustrate this in a semi-silly way:
I’m staying at a hotel for four nights and have a room with two queen beds. Two queen beds? But I’m alone! Apparently that didn’t matter; they were out of king bed rooms when I arrived. I guess my reservation of “1 adult 0 guests” was unclear!
My favorite part of hotels, by far, is staying in a king size bed. I love to sleep in the “starfish” position and I love being able to roll once or twice without falling off. Hey, I have a twin bed at home. Hotels are that special time when my feet don’t hang off!
Accordingly, I was looking forward to four nights in sleep-heaven. I had a skip in my step and a jolly tune in my head as I arrived at the hotel. It was just past midnight and I was exhausted from hours of travel. Understandably, the bad news about the beds was minutely disappointing. Nonetheless, I accepted my fate and was over it quickly (but still not excited).
Soon, however, I found two bright sides to my situation that made me feel lucky.
First: A second bed is a great place to put things. My backpack, laptop, extra pillows, and suitcase all reside on that bed. It’s such a convenient height and location in the room!
Second: The cleaning staff think that two people are in the room, so for the last two nights I’ve received two pieces of chocolate instead of one! And I still have one more night of double chocolate. Boom! Bright side.
Remember, any situation has a bright side. Some have many. On the same token, any situation has a down side. Some have many. But which side will you focus on?
I challenge you not to focus on the side that says “this bed is just a tad too small” but on the side that says “I get double chocolate every night!”
Find the bright side. It’s there. I promise
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