It takes work but you can take a pile of shit and turn it into anything else. It’s a matter of perspective. I think there are a few key ways of looking at it to change your outlook.
The arrow of time.
Past: I can’t believe this shit happened to me
Future: Shit Happens. Wipe it off.
Looking ahead. I’ve always thought it’s not about the mess, the trouble or the mistake. It’s how you get out of it.
The arrow of centricity
Inward: Ahhhhh, Fuck me!
Outward: You can go fuck yourself!
Probably not the best example, but the concept being “the world is happening to me” vs. “I’m making my world.”
The arrow of size
Smaller: All I found was a dollar
Bigger: Think of all the penny candies I can buy with this dollar!
Size is what you make of it. This can be done with time, or money, or anything. When it’s important, you make it bigger. [ yes, there’s a sex joke in there, but I’ll let you say the words ]
The arrow of open..ness..ness??
Closed: Can I have a car?
Open: What kind of car can I have?
Ok… the metaphor might be stretching a bit thin, but I think I’m making my point. It’s all in the words we choose. Take a look at your tweets and facebook posts. Take a read though the posts of people you intently read and through the ones you actively avoid.
Pay attention to these arrows.
Perhaps it might change your perspective.
Part of Art is Trash, from Francisco de Pájaro