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Is it abnormal to feel guilty for having an amazingly positive attitude?

Just as courage is not the absence of fear, positivity is not the absence of difficulty.

Truly, if I dwelt on the conflict and challenges in my life as trouble instead of opportunity, I would crumble.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five different sites.

4 replies on “Is it abnormal to feel guilty for having an amazingly positive attitude?”

Jeff,

You are right, though. People assume that those with the best attitudes are the ones where their lives are “in order” without a problem against them. Instead, those are the ones who handle the same problems others have differently. The focus isn’t on the problems, but on the outcomes. 🙂

I am reminded of a pastor when I was little that spoke at our church. This elderly minister who had seen a lot in his lifetime, stated (paraphrasing), “In response to why bad things happen to good people, I believe God allows circumstances to occur to both the believer and the non-believer so the world can see the difference in their responses to the circumstances.”

Bob

Bob, this is BRILLIANT.

We generally discount themes like your elderly Pastor hit on. Why? Because it’s ‘too simple’.

Simple is only simple. It generally is never easy.

Yet like anything, the longer we try, the better we get. Even attitude.

With your permission I’d like to use the Pastor’s summary in a future post. Okay?

I believe people dismiss the simple, especially when staring at the size of their own problems. They want something deeply profound and hard so it will match with the perceived level of the difficulty of their situations.

Absolutely – you can use that summary. I just wish I could remember his name, but I know I don’t remember it – I was about 8 at the time. But I have never forgotten his words.

Bob, once again, love your thinking here. We dismiss simple because it doesn’t match the size of our issues. Wow.

A blinding flash of the obvious.

Profoundly relevant. Thank you.

PS. You were eight? Man, what a Preacher’s message.

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