Friday, October 28, 2016

Some People Grumble Thorns

“Some people are always  grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses.” Alphonse Karr

A true example of reframing can be seen from Alphonse Karr’s quotation. It is a well-known fact that people avoid the thorns on a rose bush and often see them as a vice. Alphonse Karr chooses to look at the thorns as a positive to a rosebush. He views the entire rose from the viewpoint of the thorn. Sometimes in life we have to look at things from the opposite viewpoint. We need to try and see the positive no matter what viewpoint we are afforded. Often no matter where we are in life it is easy to fall victim to the negative viewpoint. An individual always has to try and see the positive in whatever shoe in life that he or she wears. There is always a more positive way in which to envision things. I recently ran into a family friend whom I had visited in the hospital. He was so happy that I gave him a different viewpoint in regards to the recovery that he was currently enduring. Individuals need to celebrate all that they currently have. There are so many things about life that are taken for granted daily. There is always an opposite point of view that can be stepped into by an individual. Whenever I feel myself getting negative in my viewpoint I try and remember all of the blessings that I have. I can think of numerous blessings that a person must be thankful for. Living in a free country has to be the number one privilege that I see most often that is taken for granted. We are all incredibly blessed to be able to live freely and pursue our personal hopes and dreams. It is an incredible privilege to be able to have your own free choices as to what path of life to pursue. It is my dream for everyone to pursue his/her dreams as far as what to pursue in his/her daily life. I think that no matter what a person has gone through they are always capable of attempting to always seek for a more positive viewpoint in whatever they are encountering. I have spoken to many a survivor and have always stressed the importance of learning the skill of positive reframing. We all have moments and I think that it is incredibly important for individuals to be honest about what they are going through from day to day. I tried to explain (and was successful from what the individual said….) that it could have always been worse. When you affect a person positively it always seems much easier to lift yourself up. I am very thankful to you as always for reading and I look forward to any replies or comments that you may have.

~Noelle

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