Have you ever wondered why is it that after we go through a bad

phase in life we seem to come out better for it? It use to

puzzle me too until recently after I stared down a gunman’s

nozzle I realized why.

If you have ever been in a situation like I did and survived to

tell the tale you would be more than grateful for everything. And

the worst part is that my family home was invaded by gunmen which

left us with a feeling of being so vulnerable.

I used to place few emphasis on the things that matter the most

to me in like my family, my friends and the joy I get

from accomplishing goals and helping people.

It was after that I began to really feel the joy in seeing simple

things like the tree leaves dancing in the gentle summer breeze.

It was then that I began to really appreciate the twinkle of love

in my daughter’s eyes every time she sees me.

Listen, I happen to live in the crime capital of the Caribbean

which is Jamaica. There is not a single day that you don’t read

or hear negative news or stories coming your way. The caustic

gossip and idle chatter that surround you can make you feel

miserable absorbing all this stuff.

That’s why it is important to develop a positive attitude towards

life. Developing one does not happen overnight but it can be

done. Doing things like reading inspirational literature and

articles, listening to uplifting music and having constructive

talks with others are ways to build up your positive attitude.

If more people could get access to books like Think and Grow Rich

and The Laws of Success among others what would be the impact on our

society? It is materials like these that we need to use to build

up our self-esteem so as for us to have greater respect for life

and people.

Did that gunman scare the life out of me? Hell no. Instead he

made me appreciate life

more than   ever . It made me realize that no matter what you have

been through you can overcome. Life’s too  short  to be brooding

over what when wrong or what might have been.

All I am focus on right now is to make use of whatever time I

have left on earth. I have even stopped thinking about what

others think about me because it doesn’t matter anymore to me.

As someone once said, “Those who mind don’t matter and those who

matter don’t mind”. Stay positive, it is the best way to reach

out for success.

Copyright © Nicholas Dixon