Having an optimistic attitude makes all the difference. One of my favorite movie scenes is from the movie, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”. The movie takes place in India, and tells the story of several British retirees staying in a dilapidated hotel. In one particular scene, the young owner of the hotel tries to reassure one of his disgruntled British guests. By the Brit’s standards, the accommodations were far from acceptable. In a state of complete frustration the guest confronts the young hotel owner, and demands to know when the situation in her pigeon-ridden room will be resolved. The hotel owner remains calm and pleasantly replies, “It will all work out in the end.” The British guest asks, “How will we know it’s the end”. He responds, “Because it will all have worked out.” Absolutely, this is a perfect response from a person who has peace of mind.
I recommend adopting the attitude of our young hotel owner. Life is what it is. All is well. He doesn’t look for what is wrong, but rather has a willingness to accept things as they are, and stay in the present moment. I know that this can be an attitude that a lot of people may have a difficult time understanding, and may resist or reject. I encourage you to consider it for your own sake. What if you focused on what was going right, and not what you think is not going the way you want it to go?
For me, peace of mind is a priceless commodity. I personally have spent a lot of time wanting circumstances to be different than what they are. That is not a way of thinking to adopt if you want to enjoy your life, feel alive, enjoy your relationships, and all those wonderful things you have right in front of you. In fact, wanting things to be different than what they are drains you of energy, and impacts your life and those around you in many negative ways. Think about it. Do you like being around people who complain, are demanding, dissatisfied and irritable? Me neither.
Wouldn’t you rather be around someone who enjoys the moment? Is grateful for another day? Expresses appreciation? Or in general chooses to be happy regardless of the circumstances? I know I would much rather be around someone like that. Better yet, I’d rather be that person. How about you?
Enjoy your day!
Coach and Counselor