Friday 14th September 2012

by Keane

Yesterday night marked the third time a homeless person has told me to cheer up on the street. In his exact words of wisdom:

Cheer up! It gets better! Ha HA!

Well, dear homeless man, you have a point. I realized that when I’m often walking around town alone, I’m usually deep in thought, resulting in a look of concentration that others interpret as anger or sadness. During this specific instance, I was tired from a party I was leaving and looking forward to getting home.

But he was right.

I should cheer up.

There are so many great things in life that I could focus on, yet I’m usually thinking about the next thing, work I have to do or problems I may be having at the moment. I vowed, to myself and homeless man, to make more of an effort in relishing the positive moments in my life.

I shifted my perspective.

I took a wholly happy event from my past and captured that image within my mind. I instantly felt happier. There are two for me: Christmas mornings back home in Hawaii and the first time I ever went to Disneyland. I could feel something move from the front of my forehead to the back of my mind. It was zen.

Give it a shot. Pick a purely happy moment from your past and focus on that image. Don’t think about what it means; just focus on the scene. Your mind will know how to interpret it.

So, thank you, dear homeless man, for reminding me how important it is to stay positive, that life is more than the next thing but in enjoying what we have at the moment.

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