Q. No matter how hard we try to maintain a positive outlook on life, incidents and situations draw us back into negativity. Why is this so?

A. Don’t classify any situation into positive or negative. Positive is to negative as right is to left. Nothing is either right or left unless you discriminate. What is right to you can be left to someone else and what is right another can be left to you. Whether a thing is right or left is not intrinsic but determined by your view.

In the same way, a situation that seems to be negative to you can be positive to someone else and vice versa, which means that every incident and every situation is neutral in essence unless you think of it as positive, or negative. You should remember that it is not the incidents and situations that draw you into negativity but you that draw incidents and situations into negativity.

Student: “What is a positive thing?”

Master: “A negative thing.”

©Boo Ahm

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