I read an article in which Crowded House vocalist Neil Finn reportedly said the song Weather With You is all about how we create our own environment with our feelings and outlook on life. Now, I’ve no idea if he really said that (hey let’s face it the internet is full of stories which aren’t always true – shock horror!) but I do think the concept is pretty spot on.
Let’s face it, we’ve all been in one of ‘those’ moods, when it doesn’t matter what’s going on around us nothing is going to make us smile and we are going to find fault everything – even in ourselves, sometimes especially in ourselves. Yet the next day, or week we’ll be in similar circumstances and the world will seem a better place – because we’re in a more positive frame of mind.
Psychologists tell us all the time that ‘optimism breeds success’. Type that very phrase into the internet and you’ll find article upon article about how optimism supports creative thinking as it allows a person to think ‘outside the box’, adapting to circumstances and looking forward always to ‘what could be’. We are told how a person whose outlook is a rosy one will have the resilience to manage setbacks and obstacles by seeing what positives there are in a situation and then moving on, trying something new. Enid Blyton, my favourite childhood author, is quoted as once writing “The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping stones. Laugh at them, tread on them and let them lead you to something better”.
There are so many quotes and words of wisdom I could share here, which try to capture the important essence of optimism, of positivity. So, in honour of the marvellous Crowded House, here are a few of my favourites, with a weather theme:
- Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you – Walt Whitman
- When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine – anon
- Try to be the rainbow in someone’s cloud – Maya Angelou
- If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely – Roald Dahl
- When it rains look for rainbows, when it’s dark look for stars – anon
So here’s to seeing the silver lining in that cloud and knowing that in every garden of life a little rain must fall but that it helps our flowers grow and bloom in all their glory… stay positive peeps xx