Monday, January 16, 2012

The power of positive

There's a saying about how everything comes in threes. Well, I now believe that because I've just had three pieces of very good news coming one after the other, and they've so made my day today. I almost ended work with a hop, a skip and a jump.

Even production work on Travelife's upcoming February-March 2012 issue is going extremely well. I've been working pretty hard on this issue especially as my managing editor Carlo is in Manado, Indonesia right now for the just-concluded ASEAN Tourism Forum, and so I've taken on lots of additional work myself. But sometime after lunch, when I looked at our pagination board, I realized that most of the content is done and we are way ahead of schedule.


Life is usually very good for me -- my best friend used to always say I lead "a charmed life" -- but a couple of weeks ago, that wasn't exactly so. I wish I could write more about it, but I shouldn't; so let's just say that it was a pretty difficult period.

But I'm a great believer in the power of positive thinking and in the idea of gaining headway via small steps when things just seem too overwhelming. Trials come to everyone at one point or another so we all just need to know how to handle them in the best possible way.

I'm not one for overly sentimental or emotional writings, but let me share with you a simple and inspiring poem that I came across over 20 years ago. I kept this in my wallet for a very long time to remind me of how to live each day as well as possible and how to deal with the arrows of life when they came. I only finally threw it away when I realized I'd imbibed this philosophy so much that I didn't need the piece of paper in my wallet anymore.


Just for today, I will try to live through this day only,
and not tackle all of my life's problems at once.
I can do something for twelve hours
that would appall me
if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

Just for today, I will be happy.
I will remember what Abraham Lincoln once said:
"most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."

Just for today, I will try to strengthen my mind.
I will study. I will learn something useful.
I will not be a mental loafer.
I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

Just for today, I will adjust myself to what is,
and not try to adjust everything to my own desires.
I will take my "luck" as it comes,
and fit myself to it.

Just for today, I will exercise my soul in three ways:
I will do somebody a good turn, and not get found out.
I will do at least two things I don't want to do--just for exercise.
I will not show anyone that my feelings are hurt.
They may be hurt, but today I will not show it.

Just for today, I will be agreeable.
I will look as well as I can,
dress becomingly, talk low, act courteously, and criticize not one bit.
I will not find fault with anything
and I will try not to improve or regulate anybody except myself.

Just for today, I will have a program.
I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it.
I will save myself from two pests: hurry and indecision.

Just for today, I will have a quiet half hour all by myself to relax.
During this half hour, I will try to get a better perspective of my life.

Just for today, I will be unafraid.
Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful,
to have faith in the good,
and to believe that as I give to the world,
so the world will give to me.

Just for today.

* * *

To commemorate the resilience of the Japanese people
one year after the Great Earthquake,
and to celebrate the beauty of Japanese culture.




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