It’s a little more nuanced than that.
I had never thought of this. To me the sunsets were extraordinary the way they were. I thought the clouds added magnificence. They would often take on the most remarkable colors. From orange to turquoise, to pink, yellow and purple.
Does this mean that my friend was right and I was wrong or vice versa?
No, but while the sunset left my friend with a tinge of dissatisfaction, I was swept away by the magnificent celestial work of art. The difference in experience was probably substantial.
We had different experiences because we interpreted reality in two different ways. Her interpretation wasn’t false, the clouds did hide the sun and my interpretation wasn’t false either. The clouds were fantastic! I didn’t do any positive thinking at all. I just experienced!
Everyone has the right to their own experience even if we think they shouldn’t be experiencing it. We all have our own set of ideas that we measure reality by. There is nothing wrong with that. To be honest I don’t even understand why there is a discussion around positive thinking. What goes on in the privacy of ones mind is just that: private. Everyone decides for themselves.
Through practice I have learned to control my mind and through this I have experienced radical life changes. I’d rather not talk of positive thinking at all. I’d rather talk of positive perceiving, if it even needs a name. Then we wouldn’t get stuck in the true – false trap that never leads anywhere except to disagreements that take us even further away from experiencing the joy of life. And those disagreements make up some pretty thick clouds!
But, of course, from the sun’s standpoint both my friend and I were wrong. The sun never sets. It shines ever brilliantly whether day or night from our perspective. No clouds can ever obscure it. When we are closer to the sun we know it.