It doesn’t have to be summertime for there to be a little ray of sunshine in your day! A bright, positive attitude can bring brightness to the gloomiest of circumstances. Looking for hope in a situation can help prevent you from being overwhelmed by the adversity. It can keep you motivated as you go through the crisis until you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Admittedly there are some days when tragedy strikes or a huge disappointment has to be dealt with and it is impossible to feel anything but depression or negativity. That’s a natural and expected way to react to a serious life event. Some people however have a pessimistic outlook that overshadows everything, which is emotionally draining not only for themselves but those around them.
I grew up in a fearful atmosphere of darkness. Experience taught me not to expect good from anything or anybody. Depression and alcoholism took its hold and life was pretty grim. As I developed into an adult so did my self-fulfilling prophesy of doom and gloom. Nothing good had ever happened to me, so nothing ever would. And if it did then it would be destroyed by something bad. Whilst I had alcohol - ‘my sunshine in a bottle’, I could manage my disappointments, rejections and failures in life. But when it finally came time to give up the drink for good, my pessimistic self feared the worst.
Thankfully my journey of recovery involved breaking down the psychological barriers that were keeping me in dark oppression. I replaced each negative omen with a little ray of sunshine that came in the form of trust, kindness, hope, healing. But it was reclaiming my faith that brought the biggest light to my life. The light of love.
On those days when I feel the clouds have gathered or I’m in the midst of a personal storm I am reassured that it won’t be long before I feel the warmth of affection. Those that love me are my little rays of sunshine. They are family and friends who illuminate my life and reveal the glittering promises of good things to come.
Top image http://www.etsy.com/listing/87575928/you-are-my-sunshine-print-yellow-gifts Thanks to Kathy Panton