Lesson learned: “She was a gracious, charming and kind woman who possessed the social graces of a true lady.” My friend, Susan, was not referring to Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn, well-known icons of style and grace. Instead, she was describing her Aunt Magda, whom she greatly admired and who had passed away only a few days ago. “And”, Susan continued, “she always saw the positive in everything.”
Susan glowed as she reflected on the fond memories she had of her aunt, a woman in her eighties who had clearly been a special role model in her life. While she spoke adoringly of the style of this lady, I think it was her aunt’s ability for see the “silver lining” in every situation that inspired Susan the most. What a wonderful creed to exude and live by – this principle of positive thinking.
Many prominent business leaders, authors and motivational speakers have included the power of positive thinking in their writings and speeches. According to Patricia Neal, “a strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug”. Helen Keller wrote “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 which has been opened for us.” Donna Karan, the fashion designer, articulated her thoughts more succinctly, “delete the negative; accentuate the positive!”
Thank you, Aunt Magda, for inspiring and reminding us of the benefit of seeing that the glass is half full, not half empty.