Thursday, January 28, 2010

Positive thinking ~ The power of Polly-Anna

When I was a child I had a really scruffy copy of the book Polly-Anna. I bought it from a jumble sale (the pre runner to car boot sales) and I read it and read it until the covers fell off and the pages became soft.
Even as a child I was ennamured and captivated by the attitude of the girl in my story book. You see, Polly-Anna was champion at the game "glad". She effected everyone around her and lightened their lives and encouraged everyone to join in.
The game had originated when as the child of a widowed missionary father, Polly-Anna had awaited a charity parcel hoping that inside it would be a doll. Imagine her dissapointment when instead of the flaxen haired doll, the parcel contained a pair of crutches. Her father seeing the dissapointment on his daughters face, encouraged her to look for something to be glad about and Polly-Anna was able to be glad that she didn't need them. This positive thinking got her through the death of her father, and the shipment to live with her aunt and then the horrific injury that caused her paralysis.
Amy Grant song Fathers Eyes, talks about reflecting God and it's words are very powerful:
She's got her father's eyes
Her father's eyes
Eyes that find the good in things
When good is not around
Eyes that find the source of help,
when help just can't be found
Eyes full of compassion,
seein' every pain
Knowing what you're going through, and feelin' it the same
I'd love to encourage you to join in this wonderful game too! How glad were you that you came along and read this post!

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