Today, i was talking to someone about positive thinking and how it affects one’s life. Positive thinking is all about choosing to think good thoughts rather than bad thoughts. Every situation you encounter in life is open to your own interpretation.
A person with a positive attitude tends to interpret more situations as good than bad, not because those situations are objectively good but because they recognise that it is within their power to choose.
Here is a story i heard from someone that illustrates this point better.
There once was a farmer, one day the farmer’s only horse broke out of the corral and ran away. The farmer’s neighbours, all hearing of the horse running away, came to the farmer’s house to view the corral. As they stood there, the neighbours all said, “Oh, what bad luck!”. The farmer replied, “How do you know this is bad?”
About a week latern, the horse returned, bringing with it a whole herd of wild horses, which the farmer and his son quickly coralled. The neighbours, hearing of the corralling of the horses, came to see. As they stood there looking at the corral filled with horses, the neighbours said, “Oh, what good luck!!”.
The farmer replied, “how do you know this is good?”.
A couple of weeks later, the farmer’s son broke his leg when he was thrown from one of their new wild horses that he was trying to tame. A few days later, the broken leg became infected and the son became delirious with fever. The neighbours , all hearing o the incident, came to see the son. As they stood there the neighbours said “Oh what bad luck!”.
The farmer replied, “how do you know this is bad?”.
At the same time, war broke out in the country. In need of more soldiers, a captain came to the village to conscript young men to fight in the war. When the captain came to take the farmer’s son, he found the young man with a broken leg, delirious with fever. Knowing there was no way the son could fight, the captain left him there. A few days later, the son’s fever broke. The neighbours, hearing of the son not being able to fight in the war and of his return to good health, all came to see him. A they stood there, each one said, “Oh what good luck!”. The farmer replied, “how do you know this is good?”