Always look on the bright side of life…

Accentuate the positive! – do you remember this one?

You got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with mister in-between

You got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith, or pandemonium
Liable to walk upon the scene

Abutilon - maybe not - in glasshouse (1)
An abutilon in flower in the glasshouse, defying the winter conditions outdoors.

In the midst of the rainy days there will always come an interval of sunshine and it is good to take advantage – carpe momentum? Very often this interlude only allows for a short dash into the garden but it is well to take advantage of it nonetheless – it certainly beats sitting indoors all day and the few photographs taken give one something to do when the rain returns. They will need to be processed and, sometimes, provide an impetus to write. It is a pastime!

Anisodontea capensis 'El Rayo'
Anisodontea capensis ‘El Rayo’ a shrub which seems to flower continuously whatever the season

Do we have a preference for looking at the bright side of life, I have wondered? Certainly, when taking photographs, we seem to always select very positively and ignore anything which is not attractive, appealing or beautiful. Few would wish to look at photographs of unpleasant views in a garden and this is quite understandable even if we realise that we are being presented with a positively biased overall picture.

Dahlia pink
A dahlia, an unnamed variety, escaping the frost and continuing to flower beautifully.
Clerodendrum trichotomum (1)
The berries of Clerodendrum trichotomum are especially attractive, a very unusual colour.

Some recent conversations have shown me that we can have a similar distaste for the negative in life and in people and it proved to be a saddening realisation for me though it was something I had experienced previously. A common acquaintance suffered a frightful loss some time ago, one of those saddest of life events which any of us would dread, which would change our lives forever and cast a cloud of sadness from which it would seem impossible to escape. Despite sympathy for this person there was a consensus of opinion that all were tired of hearing constant reminders of this loss. That person will never leave the sadness of this loss behind but others, despite feeling sympathetic, do not wish to hear of it too often. It is certainly difficult to interact with a person in such a situation, to continue expressing sympathy on every occasion when paths cross yet I think it sad that this is the situation. Were every interaction positive, jolly and fun I cannot imagine anybody complaining and, while we all accept that loss and sadness are part of our lives, it seems we do not wish to entertain them except when it is unavoidable. It seems, as in garden photography, we only wish to see the bright side of life. I hope life continues bright and cheerful for those who have not experienced sadness and loss and, for those who have, my sympathy is with you.

Acer Maple under Magnolia soulangeana
Though their colour  means these leaves are coming to the end of their season they continue to be beautiful and attractive.
Parottia persica autumn leaf
Parrotia persica, Ironwood, always has beautiful foliage at the end of the season.
Abies koreana cones
The colour of these cones of Abies koreana show they are certainly finishing their season but they are still attractive.

Now, that was a digression! That’s what happens when I am left in front of a keyboard on a wet day – though I braved the rain this morning and raked leaves from several areas of grass.

Let’s enjoy the bright spots captured by my camera and sing along…

Some things in life are bad

They can really make you mad

Other things just make you swear and curse

When you’re chewing on life’s gristle

Don’t grumble, give a whistle

And this’ll help things turn out for the best

And always look on the bright side of life

Always look on the light side of life

If life seems jolly rotten

There’s something you’ve forgotten

And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing

When you’re feeling in the dumps

Don’t be silly chumps

Just purse your lips and whistle, that’s the thing!

Clerodendrum trichotomum (2)

9 thoughts on “Always look on the bright side of life…

  1. As one who has experienced great sadness recently I can only say that because of the kindness of family and the love of friends and the remembrance of so many good things and thr great gratitude of having shared 48 wonderful years with all their sorrows joys ups and downs, that I more than appreciate what has been and anticipate joyfully what is to come. Life is too precious to waste it. ‘Don’t cry because it is over. Smile because it happened.’ and I do.

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