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
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!
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.
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.
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!