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Natural Awakenings Rhode Island

Always Look On the Bright Side of Life

May 29, 2020 11:23AM ● By Maureen Cary
If life seems jolly rotten
There’s something you’ve forgotten
And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing
When you’re feeling in the dumps
Don’t be silly chumps
Just purse your lips and whistle, that’s the thing
Always look on the bright side of life
Always look on the light side of life
                                              - Monty Python

Each of us has a moment when this song is appropriate. It’s what I have been singing to myself this past week. Bill and I were on nice walk one morning, having some fun and counting our lucky stars when I tripped falling on my face. A visit to the emergency room, after having not been in a public space for 8 weeks, determined that my wrist was just a bad sprain, not broken. The bump on my head and subsequent black eye (first one ever, can cross that off my bucket list now!) was not a concussion. The bruise on my chin that looks like a beard kept all my teeth in. The broken bone in my nose is hardly noticeable and does not require surgery. I was impressed with how safe the ER felt as they greeted us at the door, took our temperature and had masks if we didn’t have our own. It could have been so much worse and all will be gone in a couple of weeks. It feels good to look at the bright side.

One of the reasons Natural Awakenings appeals to me and has been a part of our lives for 12 years is it’s healthy, positive, hopeful outlook.  It matches my soul. Clearly this is a challenging time for most, and Rhode Island Natural Awakenings is no exception. Some of our partners have reluctantly been forced to put their advertising on pause until they are able to reopen, rebuild or perhaps ultimately even shutter for good. The effects can feel devastating, scary and insurmountable. 

Choosing to take a productive outlook, we know that whatever happens during and in the aftershocks of any negative event, is all going to be okay however it shakes out. The mindset—just keep moving forward, don’t let fears take over, keep looking at the bright side. 

As things slowly and cautiously open back up and as the weather allows more outside time and activities, we hope that you and yours are doing well and finding the bright side wherever you can. Please continue to use masks and social distancing even if it’s not isolation. We will plan get-togethers over the summer with outdoor events and plenty of space. We will tell our friends we love them and, challenging as it may be, minimize our hugs. Let’s all stay healthy.


Happy Father’s Day!