I’ve been seeing so much lately about thinking positive, how a positive outlook can fix any problem in life. It sounds great, but I disagree.
Thinking positive is certainly a good thing. It can help you not to be discouraged or depressed. In fact, I even have what I call “Positive Monday” every week in my facebook group, where I share something good in my life & encourage others to do the same. That being said though, sometimes you have to be real. There is nothing wrong with being upset when something bad happens. It’s ok to grieve & be negative for a while after losing a loved one, being unfairly fired, finding out your spouse cheated on you or being mistreated.
Also, being realistic rather than optimistic helps you to avoid being constantly disappointed. Optimists are constantly disappointed, because they naively expect everything to turn out well. Unfortunately for them, that isn’t realistic! Sometimes life is great & things turn out well, but not always. I am a firm believer in hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. For example, last February when I got carbon monoxide poisoning & a concussion when I passed out from it, I did a lot of research on both. I learned that recovery is very long & slow, & in many cases, a person never fully recovers from carbon monoxide poisoning or a brain injury, even a so called mild one like a concussion. While I hoped to be one of the few to fully or nearly fully recover, I accepted the fact it may never happen. My symptoms have not improved in a long time, & I accept that. I’m disappointed, sure, but not devastated because I knew it was possible, which I believe is about as well as can be expected under the circumstances.
Positive thinking also won’t heal you from the effects of abuse. What will help you is to face what happened head on, talking about it, praying about it, getting angry about it then forgiving the person who hurt you. Ignoring it or making excuses for the abuser (“he was abused as a child”, for example) does not benefit anyone, least of all you.
I just wanted to encourage you today, Dear Reader, to have some balance in your thinking. There is no shame in being realistic rather than optimistic. There is no shame when positive thinking doesn’t fix everything for you.