Looking on the “Bright” Side


The sky in New York is a beautiful shade of cornflower blue; the sun is shining down on the streets of the city and there is more of a bounce in people’s steps.  Even though it’s getting cold again, spirits seem to be warming up.  I know mine is.


The old cliché of “looking at the bright side” of things has a ring of truth to it for me today.  Generally, I’d focus on the things that are wrong with the day, especially on a Monday—which always seems to require more effort than usual to focus on the good. 


One of my favorite books is by psychologist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl.  In it, he writes, “For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment.”


Living in the moment has a profound effect on my mental state, as well as my spiritual well-being.  Like he says, my goals may change in an hour, but for this moment, right now, I can focus on the fact that I am at work on a beautiful winter’s day—and my soul can rejoice in that.


What do you think?  Do you feel it is easy for you to live in the moment?  How does it affect  your spiritual life? 


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