We’ve all heard it before: “Stay positive! Look on the bright side! Don’t let the little things get you down!” The fact of the matter is it’s way easier to say it than to actually convince yourself to be more positive.
On that note, we could all learn a thing or two from Gage’s parents. Who’s Gage? Well, Gage is the little tike who’s living with chronic granulomatous disease (CGD), and his parents are doing everything in their power to keep their toddler healthy until he can matched for a bone marrow transplant, the only cure for CGD.
All the while, these parents keep their focus on the brighter days ahead with their inspiring outlook.
Click here to learn more about chronic granulomatous disease and maybe just reset your attitude.
Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) is an inherited disorder in which certain immune system cells do not function properly. This leads to repeated and severe infection. Repeated episodes of infection and inflammation reduce the life expectancy of individuals with chronic granulomatous disease; however, with treatment, most affected individuals live into mid- to late adulthood.
This reality is enough to rattle any parent or caregiver.
Gage’s parents and their mindsets really make me reflect on my own views. I’ve slipped into a funk—looking at all the things that are wrong in my world or all the things that could go wrong for me.
Do you know someone negative who is like this? Or maybe it’s you? Well, be encouraged. Looking for the positives in a negative situation can actually completely change your perspective on the situation at hand.
Yes, things can go wrong and stuff can happen—even if you are a “good” person. It’s all just simply part and parcel of the tapestry of life. It’s how you deal with whatever life throws at you is what matters—it’s what will ultimately help you grow as a person.
There are some people who somehow always seem able to look on the bright side of things, no matter what is going on in their life.
There is a silver lining…
Unfortunately, many of us go through a rough patch or two in our lives where we encounter problems or even a health crisis—the silver lining is that these challenges can help us develop coping mechanisms so that we can easily deal with difficulties in the future and learn not to sweat the small stuff. Tough times can be draining and at times, unbearable, but it is important to focus on the fact that you can get through it.
You can come out the other side a stronger person.