In turbulent times, it is all so easy to get dragged into negative thought patterns. Switch on any news channel or open any newspaper and if this was your only source of information you would think the world was about to come crashing down around our ears. And if we believed this, and only this, then truly it would – for we would stop hoping, stop trying, stop laughing, stop living and just find a quiet place to curl up in a ball and wait for it all to be over.
Yet, no matter how challenging the circumstances there is always something positive happening, some good news – if we look hard enough to find it. Sometimes we don’t have to look that hard – just differently.
A few winters ago in Cyprus we had some of the heaviest rain and biggest storms the island had seen in many years. My deep rooted British obsession with the weather would normally have had me bemoaning the fact that I had travelled all that way, only to find the same miserable weather I’d left behind in the UK. But as I sat in my favourite taverna on Larnaca promenade, the weather gave me the most wonderful experiences. As I looked out across the promenade, the sky was as dark as slate and the sea had turned the most beautiful opalescent green colour. The contrast of the two colours against each other was truly stunning. Because the weather was cold, the taverna owner had lit a log fire which warmed me in a way that central heating can never do. When I could tear my eyes away from the sea and sky, there were flames dancing to capture my imagination.
In recent years, while the press talked endlessly of doom and gloom in the property market, my property investments were finally delivering positive cashflow every month, due to the fall in interest rates. So while property values may be lower, my properties are paying me and not the other way around – that sounds like good news to me. But of course even that good news would be spun negatively by the press – ‘Greedy Landlords Profit at Tenants’ Expense’.
It is only after a recession that we hear about all the people who became millionaires during it. The Great Depression of the 1930’s is said to have created more millionaires than any boom time in history. Could it be that while the majority of people are soaking up the bad news broadcast by the media and conducting their lives using that as a compass, there are a select few who are using their brain power to find ways to succeed rather than reasons to fail? I am determined that I will be one of those people this time around – someone who uses hitting the bottom as a springboard to new levels of success. How about you?
A few months ago a good friend of mine sent me a link to an amazing video. He wanted to share with me that no matter how big a setback we think we have been dealt, we can still achieve our dreams. Watch the video and see what I mean:
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Now doesn’t that inspire you to find the good in life!