After years (and years) of problem-solving and focusing on what's not working in life, I'm learning to shift my focus to what's working just fine. And subsequently raising my awareness of what else is working just fine. From there I automatically notice what else, and what else, and what else, and...you get the idea.
By choosing my focus, I become aware of all the 'good' in my world. All that's pleasing, desirable and lovely. All that's worthy of my attention and my energy. Because in fact, anything and everything is good -- even sacred -- depending upon my perspective.
So when Maria sings "I simply remember my favorite things and then I don't feel so bad," she's actually stating a metaphysical truth: intentionally choosing what we think about changes how we experience life.
And that's music to my ears :)
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8)