Always look on the bright side of life

I am reading Robinson Crusoe at the minute and came across a passage. As you probably know he is stranded on a desert island and more than most he doesn’t have much to be positive or thankful about, none the less he compiles a list:

Evil. I am cast upon a horrible, desolate island, void of all hope of recovery. Good. But I am alive; and not drowned, as all my ship’s company were.

Evil.I am singled out and separated, as it were, from all the world, to be miserable. Good.But I am singled out, too, from all the ship’s crew, to be spared from death; and He that miraculously saved me from death can deliver me from this condition.  

Evil.I am divided from mankind— a solitaire; one banished from human society. Good.But I am not starved, and perishing on a barren place, affording no sustenance. I have no clothes to cover me. But I am in a hot climate, where, if I had clothes, I could hardly wear them.

Evil.I am without any defense, or means to resist any violence of man or beast. Good.But I am cast on an island where I see no wild beasts to hurt me, as I saw on the coast of Africa; and what if I had been shipwrecked there?   I have no soul to speak to or relieve me. But God wonderfully sent the ship in near enough to the shore, that I have got out as many necessary things as will either supply my wants or enable me to supply myself, even as long as I live.

One thought on “Always look on the bright side of life

  1. Good to read such a passage,it shows how a ‘mind-at-peace’ can carry us through even the worst situations and instil hope.
    We’ve all been in that desert island at times, waiting for the ship to shore! The experience gives one strength and able for challenge.
    Recent news of Kerry-woman who lost her way on Mangerton Mountain when black fog surrounded her,showed how positive thoughts of survival through the night, kept her alive.
    She knew she was near a steep cliff edge and couldnt move in fear of the fatal drop.
    Dawn broke and Mountain Rescue got to her
    An gad is giorra don scórnach, is cóir é a scaoileadh ar dtúis!!!

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