On a Positive Note A Guest Blog
Sometimes, despite what seems to be a general gloomy obsession in public discourse with “what is wrong” with everything, an overwhelming conviction seizes the mind: Life is good, really good! As we enjoy the deliciously temperatures and breath the fresh western North Carolina air of early Spring, we are reminded that Mother Nature is preparing us for the arrival of full Spring and all that comes with it.
Now is a great time – at least for a moment — to pull our thoughts away from the frustrations of life that face us, we would open our minds to become more aware and more appreciative of the blessings that surround us every day…blessings which we largely take for granted and of which we are often oblivious. Think about that for a minute!
And it seems to me that whether or not we recognize and appreciate the blessings in our lives depends largely on our general attitude toward life. A positive attitude recognizes and promotes order and productive activity, while a negative attitude focuses on discord, discrepancies and deficiencies. A Shakespearean character once said, “…nothing’s good nor bad, but thinking makes it so!”
Certainly, one of life’s chief blessings for us is the simple fact of our astounding good fortune to be living in this land of opportunity and incredible abundance, the United States of America. The degree to which each of us receives and enjoys those benefits, however, depends both on our own self-discipline, as well as it does on the good will of those around us.
Regarding community, a line from the song, “What a Wonderful World,” offers a powerful and useful insight into the way things can and should be: “I see friends shaking hands, saying ‘How do you do?’…They’re really saying ‘I love you!”
Take it from this 87-year-old, even though it may be idealistic and naïve, having a positive attitude is the only way to go!!
Richard G. Woodhull, Jr.
My dear friend Duke was a test pilot in the Air Force. He flew some of the most challenging planes the Air Force was developing. His life was on the line with each of these flights. A full biography would show that he has never stopped serving his fellow Americans. I am so proud to call him my friend.