What does it mean to be a positive person

There are people that misunderstand what it means to be a positive person. Some seem to think it means that you say nothing negative, think nothing negative and basically live in denial of all difficult circumstances in life. They believe that as long as you don’t acknowledge that there’s a problem, then the problem doesn’t really exist, or at least it doesn’t have control over you.

I had a friend who wouldn’t open her electric bill when it came in the mail because she feared the amount it would be if opened. To her, as long as she didn’t see it, it didn’t exist. But if she ignored it long enough, her power would be turned off. No amount of denial would change that fact. She had a bill that needed to be paid and it wasn’t going away unless she faced it and worked out a plan to pay it.

Being a positive person does not mean that you ignore what’s going on. You can’t go through life with your head stuck in the sand refusing to acknowledge the reality of what you are facing. Positive people cry. They get frustrated, angry, and at times want to give up. They have fears, worry, doubt and have moments of deep despair. They have negative thoughts and emotions…


They don’t allow those things to hang around for long. It’s not easy to do either. Facing difficult situations can be scary and stressful, but anyone can learn to look for the positive side to a negative day.

Can you see the good in a rainy day? The rain makes it harder to drive through traffic or to keep your shoes clean, but it brings some much needed water to the earth and creates amazing puddles for you to wade through. Are you more prone to see the mud on your shoes or the rainbow that just formed in the sky? It’s all a matter of perspective. Good and bad both exist in every situation. You have a choice of what you will focus on.

Each person diagnosed with MS is affected by it. We are all human and we all hurt. Anyone that says they never have a negative thought or feeling regarding MS is not being truthful. We all have them. It’s what we do with those thoughts and feelings that matters.

If you need to have a melt down, cry, vent, or even scream…it’s okay. We need to take time to process all that is happening. The continual changes that are happening can get overwhelming.

The fact is, MS is real and it’s not going away tomorrow apart from a miracle. That is the bad. But as you wait for your miracle you can choose to see the good all around you.

Laugh, love, cry, hurt, smile, but choose to live your life each day from a place of positivity. Find the smile in your day, the rainbow in the sky, the good in the bad. Don’t deny that MS exists in your life, just deny its power over you being able to live it.

Now that’s being a positive person.

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5 replies
  1. Kelli Jaynes
    Kelli Jaynes says:

    Sometimes in the exhaustion of trying to present a positive front so people won’t be uncomfortable with my disease, it’s nice to have confirmation that it’s ok to cry once in a while.

  2. Peggy
    Peggy says:

    Yes a GREAT way of explaining. I try to look for the rainbow but I don’t always see one. That doesn’t mean that I’m going to stay negative! 😅

  3. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    Thanks Penelope well done with the explanation of positive thinking. Like the Life of Brian final song, Look On The Bright Side of Life. It is a good way of living and getting rid of the rubbish that can collect.

  4. Daniela Robertson
    Daniela Robertson says:

    Often try to turn a negative into a positive. Thank you for this, encourages me more. Even when I cry tell myself it’s my boost to move onto the next thing.


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