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The 20th Century produced many outstanding writers. One whose literary accomplishment stands as a living monument is the pastor, newspaper columnist and author, John R. Gunn (1877-1956). On a wide variety of subjects he left us an abundance of messages that warm the soul and touch the heart.

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Look for Life's Bright Spots

December 09, 2010

If there is only one sunny spot on the floor, a dog will find that spot and curl up on it. In that respect, the dog shows better sense than some people. "All of us know at least one gloomy gus who looks for, thinks and talks only about the dark spots in life", that from columnist John R. Gunn, "but happily all of us can list optimists among our acquaintances, people who are convinced that they are especially blessed. I wonder if really these people are more fortunate than the rest of us or simply more aware of their blessings."

The difference between a happy person and an unhappy person is not always in their circumstances, which may be very much alike, but in the persons themselves.

Someone said to an old man, "You're on the shady side of seventy, are you not?" "No", he replied, "I'm on the sunny side, for I'm on the side nearest to glory."

Life is very much what we make of it and what we make of it is a consequence of how we look at it. We see in life what we expect to see; not much more and not much less. So, be an optimist. Look for life's bright spots. Life has it's clouds, sure, but we need to have some troubles to make us appreciate our blessings.

Thank God for one who is cheerful in spite of life's troubles, I say. Who sings of a brighter tomorrow because of the clouds of today. For you, for me, life will be easier and happier if we have a deeper sense of what is good in it, with a corresponding gratitude to God.

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