Hello there and welcome to The Bright Side. In this little corner of the Independent every week I hope to share some inspirational thoughts, stories and empowering ideas to encourage you at a time when gloom and doom is spewing down and I’m not talking about the rain. It’s that other ‘R’ word that is giving the weather a serious run for its money and, of course, there is no money. Oops! I really didn’t mean to mention it since this is supposed to be an inspirational column after all, but let’s face it; you’d be hard pressed to find a pot of gold or indeed a silver lining around the crummy economy cloud that is hanging over the lot of us. Everything has been crossed out with a great big reality cheque check. Jobs, homes, hopes and dreams have been downsized. Holiday villas are quietly up for sale. Faraway places look…well…just that…far away. The car you wanted is still in the showroom and your eight bedroom sprawling residence, complete with cinema and hot tub is freezing because you can’t afford to heat it but all is not lost! With an appreciation for the simple things in life and a damn good sense of humour served up with a plate of spuds, we will survive. I know, it’s a stretch, but we are looking for the bright side here.
I also know when you are going through tough times you just want to flatten the first person who tells you to “look on the bright side” or imparts other cliché idioms, especially when you are on your knees trying to crawl out from some dark hole, and yes, I am speaking from experience. This is not the same experience that is highlighted in my CV which demonstrates that I am/was equipped and capable for the positions and responsibilities listed therein. Though useful, and easily carried that type of experience doesn’t really mount to very much when life suddenly takes you by the neck and trails you down a dark path where you can hardly see the road ahead, let alone a bright side. Until something happens…something profound…a kind word or deed that kicks starts your mojo again. Suddenly one day you wake up feeling more positive and realise that there really is a bright side, even if you had to go digging for it. We’ve been told to “think positive” when something in our world just isn’t going the way that we would ideally prefer. From wondering if you’re going to get the job, to whether you are going to be able to pay the bills, or after receiving a piece of devastating news or a diagnosis, it can be incredibly difficult to just take those sage words of wisdom and rearrange our entire thought process to include positivity.
However, banishing negative thinking from your heart, your mind, and your life can prove to be incredibly positive for you and everyone around you. In this column I am going to attempt to plant a little positivity in your minds. It will be up to you to plant it in your hearts and in your lives. I hope The Bright Side will also offer you a little ‘light’ relief in-between the showers or storms as the case may be. In the meantime ignore the rain, look for the rainbows and if you are being challenged and can’t see the bright side of life, try polishing up the dull side…perception is everything. Until next time, Aileen.