In keeping with my resolution for this year to cultivate gratitude for life’s lessons, whether or not it feels like anything positive has come of them yet, I have been reminding myself that there are always multiple ways of looking at any situation. Often, taking the time to list some of the possible outcomes will reveal that there are plenty of good ways to look at it.

Word-art that says "A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping stone to the optimist." -Eleanor Roosevelt

Such a change of perspective naturally leads to more positive feelings. After all, it’s much easier to be cheerful when looking around at a landscape that is full of opportunities, rather than obstacles!

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens and seeks to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy.” Visit her site to find more Nurturing Thursday posts and a list of frequent contributors.


  1. Our perspective changes tragedy to opportunity of joy and growth. Thank you for this gem of truth!

  2. Such wise words. Thanks for the reminder. I shall try to be positive this year.

  3. I have often found that just a little shift in my attitude makes a world of difference. Great reminder, Meg!

  4. Love it Meg. I trying to do the same, find beauty and to be optimistic in all the situations. Only depend on us! Have a great weekend my dear!

  5. Sometimes it is difficult to be grateful for challenging life lessons. In our family this year, we have seen one brilliant example of how these difficult lessons can bring about huge positive change. Those things take some time to manifest 🙂

    • They do indeed, and it’s all too easy to get impatient and feel that nothing is happening, when really it just takes a little longer…

  6. Extremely positive way to look at the obstacles we have placed in front of us from time to time.
    Great NT, Meg. Here’s to positive eyes always seeking the good in everything.
    Isadora ?

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