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I don’t read magazines a lot.  Somehow I can’t bring myself to sit and read through all the ads and articles in a magazine.  I like books better…….no commercials!  However, I’ll admit that many magazines have great articles and I know that Dan gets much of his knowledge of current trends and future predictions from avidly reading a huge variety of them.  So while recuperating from the exhaustion of another live event here at our place I plopped down in my favorite chair, leaned back and began leafing through the September issue of O Magazine.  Now I realize some of you are going to tune me out right now because you have some issues with Oprah.  But without going into all that let me just say there are always some very interesting, thought provoking and insightful articles in that magazine.


So I came across an article by Martha Beck titled, “In Praise of Rose-Colored Glasses”.  That caught my attention right away because Dan and I have DEFINITELY and frequently been accused of wearing those glasses.  Ms. Beck talks about how the world is buzzing about everything going to Hell in a hand-basket. But she goes on to say that she has gone through stages of trying to feel guilty for not buying into all the misery that surrounds our world, our country, our neighborhoods and ourselves.  She says “….over the years I have seen what leads to positive change and what doesn’t. I have become sort of a joy hound.”  She says that we give more attention to the bad things in our lives than the good ones—a phenomenon known as a negativity bias. 


I hung on that phrase.  In fact, I have had it hanging in the recesses of my mind like a cobweb for a couple days. Mulling it over.  Are we truly programmed that way from birth?  I feel sure we could debate this issue on both sides for a long time.  However, it got me to thinking about the mindset of all the people who attend our live events here at the Sanctuary.  I saw so many smiling faces of people who were not mired in the pits of despair but who were using their life stories to impact others in positive and encouraging ways.  I also witnessed a lot of passion and hope in this group of participants.  It was a great group.  Ideas were flowing right and left and it was incredible to see how eager they were to give input to each other.  And it was also good to see that many of them had already DONE something.  They may not have gotten the success they ultimately want but the fact that they had actually DONE something puts them ahead of the norm.  And it is to be commended. 


Ms. Beck is right if you read the newspapers….watch the news channels…..listen to the radio talk shows…….the world IS going to Hell in a hand-basket by the world’s standards.  But I will continue to wear my rose-colored glasses and help others tint their OWN glasses by giving them hope, inspiration and encouragement.   I want everyone I come in contact with to recognize what we color our world with determines our attitude and our outcome.  If we allow the common world view to tint our glasses…….and our hearts……….we will be living in a world of DARK.   I like my world better.   

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Comment by Kandyce K. Ryan on August 11, 2011 at 3:12pm

Thanks for the post Joanne!


And thank you for letting me know that I am not alone in my view on life and the world around us.  Actually, thinking back on all of the comments I've received about being out of touch with reality, always shooting too high, or living in a "fantasy," it makes me laugh.  There's no other way I'd rather live...in the light and hope of Christ!

Comment by Joel Boggess on August 11, 2011 at 9:12am

Wonderful post Joanne. Thank you for sharing.


Pei and I feel truly blessed to live in the same world with you; one that gives hope to the hopeful, inspiration to those who desire to be inspired, and encouragement to the ones brave enough to view the world through a more vibrant hue.

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Comment by Ashley Logsdon on August 10, 2011 at 7:28pm

I  have found lots of great and inspiring articles from O mag as well - that and "Family Fun" are the only ones I read anymore.  We always joke about how Dad says he "carries his sunshine inside," but it really is true for our whole family, and I love that.  We definitely are a "glass half-full" group, and I get so motivated by the hope and opportunities I see around me and in the people we interact with as well - great post, Mama!

Comment by Scott Moore on August 10, 2011 at 4:07pm

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."


I'll take the best, thanks.

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Comment by Dan Miller on August 10, 2011 at 1:06pm

Just this week someone wrote that Dan "is not living in the real world."  If it's that obvious then I take that as a sincere compliment.  Because I see people living in "the real world" who are obsessed with the recession, having the wrong people in political positions, the company that doesn't care about them, and lawsuits to demand some compensation.  

I, on the other hand, not only have rose-colored glasses, I get up every morning and paint the inside of my glasses with scenes of beauty, happy relationships and financial abundance.  And that's all I'm able to see all day long.  

Comment by Pei Kang on August 10, 2011 at 12:56pm
That is really the only way to look at life! And I love what you shared about Jared's approach to hard times. I remember Ken Abraham shared his conversation with Lisa Beamer in our live event. Lisa said "everyday I have the choice of living in hope or fear, I choose hope". Sometimes it is easier for us to choose hope when we read, listen, and watch uplifting messages, and befriend positive people. More reason to be on 48days.net!
Comment by Joanne Miller on August 10, 2011 at 12:17pm
AMEN to that Rose!  Being accused of being a Pollyanna has never been offensive to me!  I love our son, Jared's approach to hard times..........he told me once that he almost gets excited when tough times come because he KNOWS beyond a doubt that God has amazing miracles ahead that he could never dream up on his own.  He is always looking for that big blessing on the other side instead of lingering on the darkness of the moment.  Ahhh, to have that kind of faith and joy in life!
Comment by Rose Gauss on August 10, 2011 at 11:25am

I would LOVE to be accused of wearing rose-colored glasses! ...and being a joy-hound!


Like everyone else I have been through tough times, but my God has brought me through them all, and made me even better on the other side. Life is an adventure and my hope is in a good God who walks with me every step of the way: through the good, the bad & yes, even the ugly.


You go, Joanne! (and Martha!) encourage us all and help us to know that there is a real hope...and it is not in a law or government program or a network news show.

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