Let me explain. You see, just like my neighbour, you too probably think that you are an extremely positive minded person. And you’re right – no one wants good things to happen more than my beautiful neighbour, and I know you do too. I was like that too not so many years ago. Then I discovered something about myself that changed the way I looked at things completely. You see, wanting good things to happen is not the same as being positive thinking. Everyone wants good things to happen, but they don’t and that is because everyone is not positive thinking.
See, what my neighbour did was that she connected rain with a bad day, and no rain with a wonderful day. In the mind of that little girl, a belief was planted, silently, unknowingly, seemingly no harm done. Twenty, maybe thirty years from now when the three year old is a young woman her mood might depend on whether the sun is shining, and how I ask you does that serve her? The difference comes from whether she accepted what her mother told her at age three to be true or did she per chance reject it with her self-talk that said “mommy doesn’t like rainy days, but I do”. That little girl’s self-talk is the key to whether she see the world as a glass half full or a glass half empty.