We don't choose the circumstances in which we find ourselves, but we so control our response. We can selectively choose to see the upside or we can choose negativity. Choosing to go positive has countless benefits that accrue automatically: better health, a positive day, improved relationships.
On Veteran's Day I took my younger brother to the eye specialist. He has been battling glaucoma and eye infections for several years. A year ago he had a cornea replaced. In August he had his weak eye removed due to losing the lens to repeated infection. Vision in that eye had degenerated to almost nil. Today he had scar tissue removed from his remaining good eye during an emergency procedure to reduce the pressure to a third of what it was just last week.
He constantly badgers the people who try to help him, complains about how long things take, rarely, if ever, says "thank you". I try to get him to a more positive place. He was almost there on Veteran's day when he was totally helpless. But today, even though he still can't see he was mostly rage and complaint. Facing the possibility of a darkening future can't be anything but terrifying...but it seems equally terrifying to see what little help anger brings.
Hopefully tomorrow will bring some light.
John Alfred Riebli