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Bolt the Door!

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What can you do when someone else’s negativity threatens your positivity?

You can’t bolt your door with a boiled carrot.

— Irish Proverb

Of course, if you’re going to bolt the door, it would be wise to know whether you’re locking something in, or locking something out.  And, much like locking the barn door after the horse has been stolen, timing matters. So, just for the record, this post is about locking out the negativity that some naysayers send your way.  Mind you, I’m not talking about genuine constructive criticism which, according to Lisa Jacobson, “…trumps the contempt behind mean spirited ridicule.”  Heaven knows we can all use some constructive criticism. I’m talkn’ ’bout the acerbic, the caustic, the Continue reading » Bolt the Door!

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Practice, Practice, Practice

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If you do a practice and train your attention to hover in the present, then you will build the internal capacity to do that as needed – at will and voluntarily.

— Daniel Goleman

I have good news and I have bad news.  The good news is that it is possible to feel hopeful, grateful, and happy.  The bad news is that it doesn’t just happen.

It turns out that even something as basic as hope is not just a feeling.  It is a thought process.  And, maybe, just maybe, the reason that we – as a people – have lost our faith in goodness and life is directly linked to the “stuff” we listen to/watch/read during the day.

Let me be very clear.  I am not blaming the media.  They have become what we pay them to be.  They find the dirt and they report it.  “If it bleeds, it leads” didn’t start with them.  It started with us declaring some Continue reading » Practice, Practice, Practice


Follow the Yeses

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Can you hear the Yeses in your life? Or have you allowed the No’s to drown them out?

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.

— e. e. cummings

In my last post, Carry On, I encouraged us (you and me) to develop strategies for dealing with all the “No’s”, the negativity that life can throw us.  But, once we’ve done that — then what?  Well, thanks to online author Steve Truitt, I have a great answer: Follow the Yeses!

You see, right after I wrote Carry On, serendipity happened and I discovered Continue reading » Follow the Yeses

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Here Be Dragons

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What do you think: Can negative emotions be positive?

Herein lies the likely reason for feelings…negative feelings are a “here-be-dragons” sensory system that alarms you, telling you unmistakably that you are in a win-lose encounter… [Negative] feelings about a person or an object get us to avoid it.

— Martin Seligman

Even as a kid, I didn’t like milk. But it wasn’t until I was in my twenties that it dawned on me – thirty minutes after I drank a glass of milk I got a stomachache – no wonder I didn’t like milk! Turns out I was lactose intolerant.  Call it a “here be dragons” moment that eventually alerted me to Continue reading » Here Be Dragons