Starting the year with a positive outlook


A few months ago, I was browsing through one of the accounts I follow in Instagram when one of the posts there caught my attention. I immediately posted a comment and asked what’s the title of the book. I was told that it is “The Daily Book of Positive Quotations” by Linda Picone. Instantly, I became interested and tried to search online where I could possibly buy my own copy. It was only last December that I placed my order via Amazon, and thanks to their prompt delivery, the package arrived before Christmas, just in time for the start of this new year.

Over the past year, I became so consumed with negative vibes around me. I was easily distracted with little things that I tend to lose my patience and hurt someone in the end. It became a habit already that not a day went by that I was not mad against someone or something. Then I realized that I’ve already hurt so much and that I no longer have their respect. What drives them to follow me as a leader was no longer respect but fear. Fear that each time they do not meet my standards or every time they commit a mistake, I would raise my voice and utter some harsh words to them.

But that is not me. I am more than what the eyes can see. I can do better. I can be better. If only I wouldn’t allow myself to be consumed by anger. If only I would allow love, mercy, compassion and kindness prevail in my heart. If only I will learn how to be more humble. If only I would allow myself to recognize the presence of others, that I also need them, and that I can also learn something from them. Perhaps, it’s not yet too late to make a difference.

May this book open my eyes and see the good things around me. May it open my heart to embrace the positive side of life. And may it be a reminder to myself to always be good and do good towards the people around me.

Let’s start this year with a positive outlook. Welcome 2016!


Author: Francis Garvida

I am the lost, the least and the last but I am found, blessed and loved. Sharing the joy of the Gospel one post at a time. I am Christian named Francis. I am Catholic. I Am Nothing without CHRIST!

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