do you see when you look at the world? What would
you say if someone told you that how you see the world
helps to determine how the world treats you? The
world is a mirror, and if you choose to see gloom and
doom, guess what your world will be full of. . . .
isn't said as a criticism--after all, there are people who
seem to thrive in gloom. But there are many other
people who long to see the stars but who can't look past
the clouds to see them. And those are the people to
whom George's advice is directed: we choose what we
want to look at, the bright side or the dark, the optimism
or the pessimism. If I want to feel good about
myself and my life, then I obviously must be good to
myself and give positively to my life.
have plenty of positive people in the world who are great
role models of seeing the world in a positive light.
But instead of looking at these people and wishing we
could see the world more brightly, perhaps we could look
at them and learn from them--just what do they do or say
to make their worlds brighter? When we start to
imitate people that we admire, many of the traits that we
admire end up becoming ours, in our own unique ways.
I can imitate someone without becoming a copy, as long as
I adapt their actions to fit me. I can be cheerful,
for example, but it's not as easy for me to smile
constantly as it is for some other people. So why
not imitate their cheerfulness without the smile on my
face? That's more true to who I am.
is the greatest form of flattery, and it's a great
learning and teaching tool. We don't have to imitate
to be just like someone, but imitation can help us to
learn to bring more positive things to our lives.