You Will Always Be Unhappy as Long as You Cling to Negative Thoughts

favorite quote

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.

~Helen Keller (1880-1968)

Have you ever had one of those days (or weeks, or months, or years) where nothing seems to go right for you?  Everything you say, do, or even think brings on more trouble.  It makes you want to run away to the hills where no one can find you—or at the very least go to a quiet room in your house and lock the door, refusing all contact with the outside world.  If you are all by yourself, you are less likely to get into any trouble.

And there may be times that everything is going well, but one small negative event happens that changes your outlook on everything.  Sure, there are a lot of positive, happy things you can get out of the experience, but it was all ruined by the one bad thing.

Or was it?

Instead of focusing on the negative thing that closed the “door of happiness”, shouldn’t you instead go out and look for the door that has been opened for you?

As long as you cling to the negative, it stands to reason that things will continue going on a downward spiral.  You are inviting negativity into your life.  You expect it to happen, so it’s going to happen.  Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Take those negative thoughts and turn them into an opportunity to correct mistakes or start a new project.  Do something useful with them.  You will be amazed at the positive results you get.

Have you ever been given the opportunity to turn the negative into the positive?  How did that work out for you?  Let me know by leaving a comment below!

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  1. Lovely post Angie, well done.

    • And it’s common sense, but sometimes people need to see/hear it for it to really sink in, you know. I know that I have a tendency to forget this ALL the time. lol

  2. Many times. I think it’s important to take time to mourn and heal when something truly awful happens, and to respect someone’s need for that. But we need to know when it’s time to move forward or we get stuck there. And we need to discern between true tragedy and it-just-sucks moments.

    Great thoughts. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from SITS. Have a great weekend.


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