Sometimes it’s all about the way you look at things. Let’s say, for example, I’ve got a box of snakes in my living room. Let’s just say I’ve got a cardboard box filled to the brim with venomous snakes. Now, some people might say, “Holy shit! I’m panicking about these snakes!” But not me. I’m a positive thinker.
I might make a bet with myself that I’m going to open that box of snakes, even though I think there’s a good chance that I will, in fact, open it. I would do this so that, no matter what, I’d be a winner. If I don’t open the box of snakes I remain safe from their venomous fangs. If I do open the box, hello! I just won a bet! See? I already feel better about this box of snakes.
Sometimes I just have to look at things from a new perspective, like, for example, the perspective of a snake. From my perspective, things don’t look great. I am about to get eaten by a snake. But from the perspective of a snake? Things are looking up! That snake is about to have a delicious meal and it’s not in that dumb box anymore. Whenever I feel down, it always helps to remember that the world doesn’t revolve around me. It’s good to think about someone else for a change!
Here’s another trick I use: find the silver lining. This is when I look at a bad situation, like being eaten by a snake, and find the positive things about it. For example, if I was thinking something like, “Oh my God, this really hurts and I’m losing blood quickly! Quickly!” I might want to think something more positive instead. I could think, “Jesus lost a similar amount of blood and that guy was a real hero,” or, “My life has been pretty good.” Or I could think, “Can’t wait to get to heaven so I can hang with all of my friends who were killed by boxes of snakes!”
Please help me.