Sunday, 10 February 2013

CHOOSE


 Back from Venice with hundreds of photographs to turn into a scrapbook, but the first thing I turned to was my journal...  This page began when I found this pencil sketch online, and it seems to me to illustrate the half full/half empty thing.  The background and the sun are done with Caran d'Ache crayons, and the grey bottle is pasted onto the page.
This is a bit of a soapbox of mine, so forgive me if I've bored you with this before, but I find that I can (and indeed MUST) make this choice daily, if not hourly!  It would be so easy to get dragged down by my illness, and to have a relentlessly negative outlook on life ... and I do have someone in my extended family who is like that, and nobody wants to be near them.  A good lesson to try and see the positive and celebrate your blessings, rather than endlessly rehearsing your woes and complaints!
But there are days when my inner Pollyanna goes on strike, and I WANT to feel sorry for myself, in fact I feel positively entitled.  But its not just me, there are countless people who could with perfect justification complain about the hand life has dealt them, and the poor quality of their life, but if they do .... they make themselves extremely unpopular.  Its not that a positive attitude changes anything, because it doesn't - the facts remain the same, but what can and does change is how you view it, and therefore deal with it.
So even when its difficult to do so I try to remember to count my blessings, and celebrate all that is good in my life, rather than focusing on the negatives.  It really works - and journalling helps! That alone makes me feel lucky!

8 comments:

Artyjen said...

Here, here...I second that emotion ;)
xoxo Sioux

Carol Q said...

in total agreement Rosie and a lovely page.

Rhonda H said...

Wonderful journal page! Speaks to me too as I am sure it does to many of your readers. Love how you keep your positive attitude throughout by the daily self-talk... I need to learn that from you! Plus it is such a pretty page with the black on the yellow and orange!

flutterbycrafter said...

A wonderful page and I certainly agree with you x

Sandra Hall said...

Rosie this is a cracking page.... love the use of the half full/half empty analogy :) You've therapied yourself and challenged us to boot! x x x

alexa said...

I just love that bottle … The bright colours underline your thinking so perfectly.

Linda Vincent said...

LOL...I was talking about you, me and Pollyanna to a friend the other day! (You can probably guess why)
Another great page...and I love that face in the grey bottle! xx

Cath Wilson said...

Absolutely stunning work and so, so true x