I once knew a man by the name of Michael. He was one of those who manages to always be in a good mood and has something positive to say about everything and everybody. Whenever someone asked Michael how he was doing, he replied: ‘If I were any better, I would be twins!’ He was a natural motivator and when one of his employees was having a bad day, he drew their attention to the importance of looking for the positive side of every experience.
One day I asked Michael: ‘Nobody can be as positive as you are all the time. How do you do it? Have you got some kind of a secret?’ He replied: ‘It’s very simple really. Every morning I wake up I say to myself: ‘I have two choices today. I can be in a good or a bad mood.’ I always go for the first option because I know that each time something happens to us, good and bad alike, we are presented with a choice. In the case of unpleasant events, we can either look at ourselves as a victim of circumstances and feel sorry for ourselves, or accept what comes and make an effort to find out what the experience is trying to teach us and what the Universe may wish to tell us through it. The same applies when someone approaches us to complain about something. We can either go along with their negative perception of life or point out to them that there is a positive side to everything.’
‘It’s surely not that easy,’ I protested. ‘Oh yes, it is,’ Michael replied. ‘Life is all about choices. When you extract the essence of any situation, you will find that there is always some kind of a choice to be made. For example, human behaviour is not compulsive, it is chosen. Yes, God and the Angels are allowing us earthlings freedom of choice. But the way I understand the matter is that this freedom merely consists of deciding how we react to our experiences. The corollary of this is that we can choose whether we allow other people to affect our moods. Being in a good or a bad frame of mind depends on the choices we make. As the captain of the boat of our lives, we are always the bottom line. It is up to us to decide how we wish to conduct our lives.’
I reflected on what Michael had told me. Soon after I left the company we both worked with at the time and started my own business. Although I lost touch with the man, I was often reminded of his words when I had to make some choices, instead of just reacting to life, the way I had done in the past.
Several years later, I heard that Michael had been involved in a serious accident. He fell from a height of sixty feet of a communications tower. After eighteen hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was sent home with some rods that had been placed in his back.
I met him about six months later and when I asked him how he was, he replied: ‘If I were any better, I’d be twins. Do you want to see my scars?’ I declined his offer but asked him what had gone through his mind, at the moment of the accident. ‘The first thing I thought of was the wellbeing of my soon to be born daughter,’ he replied. ‘When I was lying helpless on the ground, I remembered that in this situation too I was allowed two choices. I realised that this was one of those moments when I could choose to live or die. I chose life.’
‘Weren’t you scared? Did you lose consciousness?’ I asked. Michael replied: ‘Only for a while and the paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine and took me to the nearest hospital. However, the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses there told me that they thought I had no chance of survival. That’s when I realised it was time for some action. So, when one of the nurses asked me whether I was allergic to anything, I replied: ‘Yes.’ All activity stopped. They were waiting for my reply. Taking a deep breath, I said: ‘Gravity’. Over their laughter, I told them: ‘I am not ready to die, I want to live. Go ahead and do what you can for me.’ Then I asked God and the Angels to guide their hands and they did.
Michael did make it, thanks to the skill of those attending to him, his positive approach to life and the power of prayer. He is living proof of the importance of positive thinking and that with the help and will of God and the Angels all things are possible. The way he handled the situation was living proof that our approach to life matters more than anything else in earthly life. This is because thinking is the most potent instrument in the whole of Creation. Our thoughts create our reality and a positive attitude towards life reveals our faith and trust in the ultimate goodness of the gift of life the Universe has bestowed upon us.
A positive outlook acts like a powerful magnet that not only draws good things towards us, but also people who in many different ways can help us move forwards and upwards on the evolutionary spiral. Whenever we have worked our way through particularly difficult and traumatic times, the way Michael did, it’s good to know that the Universal law of compensation is activated and rewards us. This is particularly true when we steadfastly hold on to our positive mind-set and do not forget to give thanks for our life and all those who – unseen by earthly eyes – are constantly beavering in the background, to keep us going, through thick and thin alike.
There are two streams of consciousness in our world, a negative and a positive one. It’s up to us to choose into which one we tune the transmitter/receiver station of our earthly minds. The positive stream is an upwards moving spiral that attracts to us ever more of the good things of our world and everything it contains. In contrast to this, the negative stream moves those who take part in it in a downwards direction. This is the realm of the whingers and moaners of our world, who with the passing of time can no longer see anything good in anyone or anything. As a result their picture of our world becomes increasingly gloomy and with the passing of time takes them ever deeper into the abyss of depression, until eventually nothing appears to be left to them than putting an end to their misery by their own hands.
The main contributors to the negative stream are the mass media. A chill wind of fear spreads from what they are constantly bombarding us with. Don’t pay attention to any of it. Refuse to be dragged down by anything and anyone’s negativity by reminding yourself that at all times millions and millions of good things are simultaneously taking place in our world. The only reason why they don’t get published is that they neither sell newspapers nor fill airtime on radio and TV.
Do not allow the mass media to sweep you into the darkness of anxiety and depression. Switch off and concentrate on that which is good, right and beautiful in our world. There is plenty of it at all times. Focus on it as much as possible and trust that in the background of life God and the Angels are working very hard to make that which is ugly in our world beautiful and all crooked corners straight. This knowledge makes it easier to remain in the positive stream of consciousness. And that is the best way for each one of us, on a daily basis, of doing something constructive and helpful for our world and doing our share of establishing God’s kingdom on the Earth.
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