Advice to Students, Part VIII: Accentuate the Positive

8. Accentuate the positive. There is an old Bing Crosby song that says this. “Accentuate the positive.” Also, fill your life with positive people who are ready to get things done and have some fun in the process. We have the words of Kayla Mueller, an American aid worker, who was taken hostage by ISIS in Syria in 2013. In February it was confirmed that she had been killed. She said: “I have been shown in darkness, light + have learned that even in prison, one can be free …. I have come to see that there is good in every situation, sometimes we just have to look for it.” And then there is that piece of wisdom from my elderly mother-in-law, who said: “Nobody likes an old crab apple.” Accentuating the positive will draw good people to you and leave the rest stunned; for the people whom you touch it will lift their lives in positive and mysterious ways.

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