"How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst?" - Martha Mihalick
While I’m someone who is always full of energy, I’m not someone who always has the most positive attitude. So I had asked “Little Miss Sunshine” (as she will be known from here on out), who is an avid bookworm, if she could recommend a good book for me. Something to help me look at the struggles in my life more positively. Basically, I wanted to wear the same 24/7 smile on my face that she always has on hers.
She recommended I read "Zen and the Art of Happiness" by Chris Prentiss.
So I did.
And it helped.
The book is short, just 160 pages. I read a couple chapters each night before bed and in 3 days I had a new perspective on life. Granted, the book didn’t really teach me anything new I didn’t already know. But it did help drive home some important messages that I needed reminded of. The main one being…
"Everything that happens to me is the best possible thing that can happen to me."
So even if you lose your job, lose your girl and get diagnosed with cancer, you CAN look at all three things as something positive in your life. You CAN create a personal philosophy that will sustain you through anything. ANYTHING!
I CAN wear a 24/7 smile on my face too. Smile. Stuck.
And to “Little Miss Sunshine,” I say thank you for the book. Thank you for the knowledge. Thank you for the smiles. Just, thank you.