Positive Mental Attitude

Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don’t you say something righteous and hopeful for a change? Donald Sutherland as ‘Oddball’ in Kelly’s Heroes.

Negativity surrounds us all. No matter how positive you try to be, sometimes a little bit of pessimism sneaks out. With some it doesn’t so much sneak out as gush like a waterfall. It can just be their personality, not anything intentional.

Even the Blog was guilty of this recently. We wrongly thought that the parking arrangements for the air show would not be successful and boy were we wrong! With an amazing estimated number of 50,000 visitors, I would say that the air show was a huge success and well, we were incorrect. We never doubted the actual event would rock and I guess it really did. For once it was really nice to be wrong! For the record I want to state that I don’t think there can be a better sound than a world war two plane, be it fighter or bomber, flying over head. Compared to the jets, it has personality.

As I probably have mentioned hundreds of times before, I grew up in the UK where some of the newspapers seem to only exist to criticize and complain. As soon as someone makes it big, the newspapers start to tear them down. While the main stream media were always balanced and neutral, there were tabloid papers who would spin a negative focus on anything. I guess misery loves company since these newspapers are still in business.

Going back to personal negativity, I suppose it is obvious to point out that if you suffer from depression, you are more likely to have moments of negativity, I should know. Looking back before I discovered the magical medical pills that rattle around my body like pin balls, I was a way more negative person. It was difficult to change because at the time I didn’t realise how I was acting. It is hard to know that you are being affected by depression if you don’t know you have it and it has always been this way. You simply grow up thinking this is the way life is. Maybe the newspapers have depression?

There is an ancient saying that goes something like this, ‘If you have nothing good to say online, don’t say anything’. It’s true. Why post something negative just because you want to comment on all the posts? Life is way too short to be a downer!

Perhaps this philosophy was best stated by the poet Eric of Idle who wrote:

Some things in life are bad, they can really make you mad
Other things just make you swear and curse
When you’re chewing on life’s gristle, don’t grumble give a whistle
This will help things turn out for the best

Always look on the bright side of life
Always look on the right side of life

If life seems jolly rotten, there’s something you’ve forgotten
And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing
When you’re feeling in the dumps, don’t be silly, chumps
Just purse your lips and whistle, that’s the thing

So, always look on the bright side of death
Just before you draw your terminal breath

Life’s a counterfeit and when you look at it
Life’s a laugh and death’s the joke, it’s true
You see, it’s all a show, keep them laughing as you go
Just remember the last laugh is on you

Always look on the bright side of life
And always look on the right side of life
Always look on the bright side of life
And always look on the right side of life

Check Also

How to stop impaired drivers, should we shame drunk drivers?

Drunk driving accounts for almost 25% of all fatalities on Ontario’s roads. If you have a Blood …