Keep your face always toward the sunshine.

Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you, is quote accredited to Walt Whitman, Helen Keller and many others. Keeping one’s face to the sunshine is a metaphor for maintaining a positive, optimistic and positive outlook on life.

What authors are saying is that maintaining a positive, optimistic attitude to life is the best way to avoid being overtaken by negative, pessimistic thoughts. In troubled times, we look for hope in our surroundings. As winter turns to spring remember that there is hope and that the past can teach us to prepare for the future.

Many people find shadows kind of scary, and they are a metaphor for the things that would bother you if you saw them regularly, or focused on them. Many people also find the sun on their face to be rather pleasant, when done in moderation. Put together, facing the sun puts your shadow behind you.

I do not know of anyone who is afraid of their own shadow. If you lose your job, perhaps you can use it as a reason to get a better job, or the same job at a better company. Perhaps it is time to do some volunteer work or to take some classes.

Either so as to improve present job skills or to start something new. Perhaps it is an opportunity to explore what you really want to be when given another chance. Perhaps you can look at the ending of that chapter of your life and reflect on the things you did right, and where you might have been able to do your job a little better.

It is not a complete loss if you learn something that will make you more valuable in your next position. Reality is, we seldom do that and drown in own sorrow and/or self pity. Does that take you anywhere?

I know pessimists that were sure they were going to die a slow miserable death when they got a cold. I also know cancer patients who were terminal, but were in great spirits.

You can turn and adverse situation, condition and circumstances into a positive one. Keep positive thoughts in mind and negative ones will fall behind.

So, what has put YOU down? What are you going to focus on? Every dark cloud has at least a hint of a silver lining, just keep looking for it.

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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.

Yours Truly
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane