Readers: start your engines!
If you are anything like me, you probably have days when it’s just plain hard to get into gear and get going.
To help you move it along today, here are six Americans (I am inspired by Gabby Giffords!) who told Reader’s Digest that life is better when you think positive and here’s what they have to say about looking on the bright side of life:
Billy Graham, 94, Christian minister, says, “If I didn’t have spiritual faith, I would be a pessimist. But I’m an optimist. I’ve read the last page in the Bible. It’s going to turn out all right.”
School principal Kenyetta Wilbourn, 36, carried an aluminum bat through the hallways of Detroit’d Denby High when she started there in 2009. Now, while the neighborhood is still troubled, Wilbourn has transformed Denby into a clean, calm center of learning “This city is not the ‘diamond in the rough’; it is the actual diamond,” she says.
Katie Couric, 55, broadcaster and author, says, “Find the joy. When you feel it, le t it wash over you. And take a moment to appreciate it. Be grateful for the people in your life, for waking up feeling good and pain free, and for the stretch of road ahead that’s so full of possibilities. When you encouter bumps, keep going and don’t look back.”
Gabrielle Giffords, 42, the former congreswoman from Arizona, wrote the final chapter of 2011 book, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, in her own words: “Hope and fatih. You have to have hope and faith. . . Long ways to go. Grateful to survive. It’s frustrating. Mentally hard. Hard work. I’m trying. Trying so hard to get better. Regain what I’ve lost. . .I will get stronger. I will return.
Grant DePorter, 48, a Chicago restaureur and leading Chicago Cubs fan, is sticking by the team, which last won the World Series in 1908. “No one knows more about optimism than a Cubs fan. After waiting 104 years, it’s our optimism, and not the winning, that binds us together. We really do believe the next year will be the year,” he says.
Former Google executive Marissa Mayer, 37, was named CEO of the struggling internet giant Yahoo! last August. She’s the sixth person to hold the post in the past five years. “My view is that the core of Yahoo! is incredibly valuable and a great platform to build on,” she says.Who inspires you?