Keep Sweet

The poem Keep Sweet, by Strickland Gillilan, reminds us no matter what happens in our lives, we should turn the other cheek and not focus on the negative. It is imperative when confronted by the negativity that surrounds us, to keep our attitude positive! Our attitude, both good or bad, is a choice that we all make whether consciously or subconsciously.

For some types of people, it seems that their rosy outlook on life is something normal while other types of people always seem to get mired in doom and gloom. And, while the happy type of humankind may not appear as prevalent as doom embracers, they are as abundant around us as are the songbirds. Sometimes, to be able to see these positive and uplifting folk means either that we just have to look harder, or we need to work harder at choosing a positive attitude in order to attract those that are naturally positive to ourselves.

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Keep Sweet
by Strickland Gillilan

Don't be foolish and get sour when things don't just come your way-
Don't you be a pampered baby and declare, "Now I won't play!"
Just go grinning on and bear it;
Have you heartache? Millions share it,
If you earn a crown, you'll wear it-
Keep sweet.

Don't go handing out your troubles to your busy fellow-men -
If you whine around they'll try to keep from meeting you again;
Don't declare the world's "agin" you,
Don't let pessimism win you,
Prove there's lots of good stuff in you-
Keep sweet.

If your dearest hopes seem blighted and despair looms into view,
Set your jaw and whisper grimly, "Though they're false, yet I'll be true."
Never let your heart grow bitter;
With your lips to Hope's transmitter,
Hear Love's songbirds bravely twitter,
Keep sweet.

Bless your heart, this world's a good one, and will always help a man;
Hate, misanthropy, and malice have no place in Nature's plan.
Help your brother there who's sighing.
Keep his flag of courage flying;
Help him try- 'twill keep you trying-
Keep sweet.

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Quotes, from the poem, Keep Sweet:

"Don't be foolish and get sour when things don't just come your way"
Strickland Gillilan
Fear not my friends, there will always be those life's events, circumstances or roadblocks that will arise. Let's face it; life is not one, big, glorious day after day. The real truth is that no matter who we are, where we live, or what we do for work, we will all have to deal with things in life that are far from ideal. In recognizing this reality, the question becomes, how will we respond or react? Throughout many, many years, it has been much more beneficial to oneself, to family members, and to work colleagues to refrain from focusing on the problem and, instead, to focus one's thoughts and energy on the solution. In other words, focusing on the problem means that one is stuck within its' confines; it starts to overwhelm us. In contrast, however, when one's energy, time, and focus shift to searching for a solution to the issue or problem, a positive, future-oriented enthusiasm is born. The way forward is always more productive than looking a the current circumstance.  Not only is this future focus more beneficial to everyone around us, but it is also more beneficial to are own psychic, our attitude and ultimately to our health.

"Don't go handing out your troubles to your busy fellow-men"
Strickland Gillilan
Many people enjoy receiving free handouts. However, it is highly unusual for people to desire to receive your troubles. This is especially true given that most people have all the problems they can handle without you adding to them. The message is clear - while people do not want to inherit your troubles, many will offer you genuine assistance to help you overcome whatever you are currently dealing with. What they clearly do not want, however, is to own a problem that is not their own - that's your issue.

"Never let your heart grow bitter"
Strickland Gillilan
A heart that is filled with love is much more able to tackle and defeat whatever obstacles or unpleasant circumstance may be confronted. In contrast, bitterness seems to attract problems and troubles where the view of life is to always look at the glass half empty rather than to see it half full. In other words, one's disposition, or choice, good or bad, lends substance to how one confronts obstacles, problems or troubles. Bitterness is never celebrated but love is.

"Help your brother there who's sighing. Keep his flag of courage flying"
Strickland Gillilan
While no one wants to be given ownership of someone else's problem, it is also true that many will help another to help overcome or resolve the issue. To extend a helping hand is not the same as inheriting another person's troubles. Ownership of the problem, circumstance or issue must remain with the person directly affected. This principle is also a sound counselling theme, which directly involves the affected person in the resolution process.

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