Lately I’ve seen the quote from Roald Dahl’s “The Twits” quite a bit in my various feeds. You know the one. It tells us if we think kind or happy thoughts, they will radiate from us. Basically, if you are inherently kind, happy and thoughtful, this will show in how you look. It’s a simple but meaningful quote.
“I don’t know about you but being positive, or having a sunny outlook on life, doesn’t always come easy.”
I certainly don’t consider myself to be massively affected by the changing seasons although I notice a difference when getting through the winter months. I try and be positive, and look ahead although I’m not keen on January or February for various reasons. The weather is usually cold and wet, and I feel the post Christmas financial crunch.
While I look forward to the Summer months and the lighter, longer days it brings, I gently remind myself of my blessings during the winter time.
Holding On To The Good Stuff
I am fortunate.
I have my health and hopefully have many summers to look forward to. There are precious moments ahead with my family and friends. I have a home, comfort and warmth. In winter I like getting outside and feeling the fresh, crisp chill on my skin. You can’t beat a bit of fresh air; it blows the cobwebs away. I don’t know about you but a walk or a run really does alleviate stress. Afterwards I feel more in tune with myself and that’s always a good feeling.
I believe it’s important to live in the here and now. To appreciate all that we have, even if we don’t have all we want. It’s not unusual for me to slip into negative thinking but I try not to let negative thoughts become worrying or troubling. I’m prone to worrying about the future a lot. Is anyone else like this? Sometimes I’m preoccupied with the ifs, buts and maybes that I lose sight of what’s happening right now. Usually, these worries don’t become a reality. And if they do, it’s rarely as bad as I think it’s going to be.
I don’t think negative thoughts should be avoided though. After all, we can’t control what pops into our head but we can control how much importance to place on them. When I used to see children who were troubled by worrying or anxious thoughts, I used to do an visualisation exercise where their thoughts were pooh-sticks. We would drop them in the water and let them float by.
I don’t think there’s anything with pondering and reflecting on what may be troubling us; weighing them up and working out if we need to do anything. After all, avoiding such thoughts can make it worse. We can decide whether to add weight to them and let them consume us.
Or we can let them float down the river and out of our minds.