If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until it gets so ugly you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
~ an excerpt from The Twits by Roald Dahl http://www.quotegarden.com/attitude.html
Negativity breeds negativity.
Don’t accept a job abroad in a different culture of your own if you are going to be negative.
If you are looking for negativity; seek and ye shall find. There are a zillion things that I could think of if I wanted to. But that’s the key – I don’t want to. I came here to try my hand at a potential new career path and to experience a completely different way of life. I knew that things would be different from what my western mind is accustomed to. I wanted that. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that when the geographical distance between this world and your own is half of the actual planet that the cultural differences are going to be vast. And that sometimes, those differences don’t sit so well with what I am used to.
So the next time the cook gets your order slightly wrong,
or you have to take your shoes off to go into the local shop,
or you have to cover your shoulders,
or the food doesn’t ‘taste the same’,
or something just doesn’t make sense to you or ever-so-slightly inconveniences you…
REMEMBER; YOU chose to come here. YOU chose to enter this culture. You more than likely won’t be here forever. Cherish the experience. If you want to walk around with ugly thoughts all over your face then that is all you will see reflected back at you, and your experience will be an ugly one.
I’m much happier spreading sunbeams.