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Breaking the Misery Syndrome
by Jeanette Cooper
Monday, July 19, 2010
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I grew up on the positive thinking of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, but despite the positive programming, I occasionaly revert to negative feelings about me and/or the world around me. Because I like happiness better than misery, I need frequent reminding of the simple method through which happiness can be achieved: Set positive goals toward creating a positive life.


Breaking the Misery Syndrome
I have learned in this life
That everyone goes through bouts of misery
I have also learned that happiness
Is a state of mind
That cannot not be exercised
In the depths of misery.
There are all kinds of miserable frustrations in life:
A failure to reach one’s goal;
An irreparable breach between husband and wife;
Dissatisfaction with a particular job;
Hopelessness in never having enough money to pay bills;
Weariness from working long hours and little to show for it;
Anxiety over rising gas prices that affect the family’s economic needs;
Desolation in knowing there is no one to turn to for help;
Disappointment when the position you’ve coveted is given to someone else;
Discouragement when the car won’t crank and you’re reprimanded for being late to work.
Displeasure, discontentment, dissatisfaction, and disappointments are so numerous
That the list could grow too long and dreary to read
So, what does one do about misery?
They repeat the Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity to accept
The things I cannot change...
The courage to change
The things I can...and
The wisdom to know the difference.
They also get a firm, positive attitude by chanting frequently:
“I can if I think I can.”
...if you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,'
and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
"If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."
To break the misery syndrome,
one must fill their mind with positive thoughts, and
seek positive goals in life
instead of delving in negative despondency.
© 2010 Jeanette Cooper
Cooper Books

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Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 3/18/2011
words of wisdom from you and well worth sharing.
Best wishes
Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 1/19/2011
A great write Jeanette. I think many of us go through bouts of unhappiness, and life altering situations. It's what we do about the unhappy feelings that make the difference. Your poem is filled with good objective advise. God helps us to move forward...M
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/24/2010
Thank you for sharing these wise and encouraging sentiments, Jeanette. Love and blessings to you,

Reviewed by Rafika Anderson (Reader) 12/7/2010
So very, very true.
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 11/2/2010
Very positive way of looking to the Creator for the help we all desperately need in such troubling times. There are many times that this helps and the very idea of having a positive outlook alone helps greatly. Great write.
Reviewed by Jerry Engler 8/18/2010
Thanks, Jeanette. I must have been led to your site tonight because it could be a time for misery when I am committed to being happy in all things. My mother always kept the serenity prayer above her sink.....Jerry
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 8/16/2010
This is such an uplifting poem at the end. But what if that negative despondency won't leave you? What if everything you see, hear, or do is a trigger that brings back that negative despondency?

Through God's only son Jesus, all things ar epossible if we believe on His name, but even Jesus said in the Garden "...the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak." And this is what a lot of people do, even though they feel strong inside, they just want to know what to do to survive another day.

I get very despondent because of things in my past that keep coming up to haunt me, and make me cry and be sad and feel all alone. The words in the New Testament that Jesus spoke are comforting, but then Satan rears his ugly being and makes us sad again.

So, the only thing I do when I get like this is write. It helps me to let go if only for a moment or two of the tings in my life that refuse to let go of me. But my writing is only a tempoprary thing. Is there something more permanent that we can do to be able to live a happy life without the tears of the past?

I can identify with everything you said here above the Bible passage. Thank you for sharing.

May the Lord Bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and walk by your side. With love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister Barbie.

Reviewed by Sheila Roy 7/31/2010
An excellent poem, Jeanette. Your insight shows today's times as they are. Hugs,
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 7/27/2010
Oh, do I ever need this.

But then, who doesn't? Life being Life, and all.

Hafta be mad to be happy all the time. And yes, it would be great to
be that kind of mad.;) But you are right. So much of it is "'tude.'" Always find someone worse off. Always a chance you can cheer someone needs it more than you. (Odd how often we end up cheering ourselves.)

I learned long ago that even a baby step in the right direction is
cause for celebration. A n d that pasting a smile on your face isn't dishonest, but a baby step toward a real one. Being happy ain' easy, but it is worth it!!

Thanks for reminding me!!

xOx Phyllis xOx
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 7/24/2010
WONDERFUL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by JMS Bell 7/23/2010
Reviewed by David Maclellan 7/23/2010
Wonderful words of wisdom that I can truly relate to Jeanette.
Warm regards,
Reviewed by jude forese 7/22/2010
the greatest secret of life is that positive thinking can alter our reality to whatever we desire to create ...

god thoughts ... inspired poem ...
Reviewed by Emile Tubiana 7/21/2010
Dear Jeanette, I agree with you, Yes everyone who has faith can move mountain and can keep away any harm or any unwanted situation. Love Emile
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 7/20/2010
Jeanette, I love's so much in line with my way to think...wonderful work!
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 7/19/2010
All the reasons why we must take the good times and celebrate when we can no matter how small. Yes, happiness is a state of mind...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by John Flanagan 7/19/2010
A call for inner fortitude and calm, a faith in the power of healing and positivity, Jeanette, your message uplifts and encourages.

Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 7/19/2010
Lovely writing sweet lady..have a wonderful day..Hugss
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 7/19/2010
A potent mix--
Your own poem and just the right spice of quotational inspiration adds up to a determined smile on this reader!

Reviewed by George Carroll 7/19/2010
Positively the answer.
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 7/19/2010
Inspiring write, Jeanette! I believe in focusing on the positive too; that the energy we emit (be it positive or negative) is what comes back to us.

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 7/19/2010
very well said-good stuff for living a more contented life
Reviewed by Paul Berube 7/19/2010
Great write, Jeanette. Thanks for sharing and God bless.
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