Our older generation will all remember the Monty Python’s genius comedy scene from the movie “Life of Brain”, in which a number convicts that were sentenced to death, hang on wooden crosses and sang a song together. Not just any song, but “Always look on the bright side of life...” Once you see the sence, you will never forget it, or even better, watch the whole movie.
Well, the Monty PhytonsPython hasve certainly taken the essence of this sentence to the very top. However, as always in comedy and sarcasm, there is a bit of truths in itthe sentence.
Following the world’s news during last years, one could see hardly any bright side, taking COVID-19 or many conflicts with raising tensions among the world’s strongest nations on who will be in charge or who will stay in charge of the world. The USA, China, Russia, Europe, Japan, India, etc. try to regroup each other by building new alliances. Then, there are energy crises, such as the attack on the gas pipes of North Steam 1 and 2, which has been the largest terrorist attack on European infrastructure for many decades, the raw material shortage, the non-working supply chains, and so forth. Above all, of course, there was a terrible war in the Ukraine. This list, as depressive it is, could unfortunately still go on.
Following the world’s politics for over 40 years, it is certainly the darkest time I have ever witnessed. But I have not yet given up on my belief that these many crises will come to an end, and I have a good hope that we will continue a mostly peaceful coexistence like it has been for so many decades in my life.
In general, I am not referring to the political topics above, and it is important to address people at work and family members at home with a bright spirit. I take it as a gesture of respect and politeness. We all probably have our own bigger or smaller problems, but if you always dwell on those problems, they may not only take down your spirit over the years, but also will influence the people at your workplace and office, or even worse, your family members at home.
Instead of looking at all the things that may have gone wrong during the day, look at those things that have been gone well! Try to put your focus there. Moreover, it is very interesting that when you try to focus on positive issues and thoughts, your mind, health, and general well-being will greatly improve. I cannot explain why it is like that, but just try it once: “Always look on the bright side of life...!”
Andrzej Wojtas (Ph.D.)
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