By Ron Murdock
The first job we have today is putting yesterday aside to be remembered later. – Tony LaRussa
That which can be destroyed by the truth should be. – P,C, Hopwell
Don’t let the title of this article fool you. When used realistically positive thinking is a good thing but it can lull one into a sleep mode. Negative thinking can prepare a person to expect the unexpected that broadsides of all of us at some point. All the hoping for the best won’t help if concrete action isn’t taken to achieve the results we want. It’s too easy to be complacent and dwell on past successes and not do the necessary footwork to face the challenges of the current or next day.
If a person thinks ‘it won’t happen to them’ they better sit down to reanalyze this position. Death, unemployment, unexpected pregnancy are some of the issues that falls into the s**t happens category. So be prepared for when it does happen, you’ll be able to deal with it more effectively.
Non-attachment is a good habit to develop as even a little distance provides enough perspective to take a good look at things in a new light. Zeal and fast thinking is limiting, clear thinking is a better habit to have. Rash decisions could lead to criminal charges, job loss, family breakup or loss of friendships. Life can resemble a chess game in that any of our moves does start a chain reaction.
Despite what any spiritual groups or various religions may think, we humans will never achieve total enlightenment on either side of the grave. We will make mistakes therefore we will never be perfect. Life is a classroom that demands our full concentration. Do make the first move, don’t wait for the other person to make it or a good opportunity could very well be missed. Negative thinkers put things behind them as it happens then goes on to face the next day.
The idea that you can do anything you really want to do is asinine. There are many more things you can’t do than you can do. Not all of us are capable to be a surgeon, radio announcer, mechanic or writer. Wanting something doesn’t accomplish,doing it does. It takes a healthy discipline to recognize this. To get back to the ‘it won’t happen to me’ mentality, it’s quite delusional to take part in it. Excessive drinking and recreational drug use are actions that could lead to harmful consequences.
Knowing your limits on what you can and can’t do is a must; just admit to your liabilities.Same as bringing ‘God’ into a win or lose situation in sports or in other human endeavours. With a Universe to run ‘God’ must have more important things to think about than who wins a sporting event. We can’t pass on to this ‘God’ character what is our responsibility to do.
It’s important to let go of any ideas that has outlived their usefulness. One has to change their mind or habits when necessary to take a good look at better solutions at hand. Positive thinking can be an illusion as things don’t always work as planned or if you think anything is owed to you or you deserve something even though you may not really want it.
I do have problems with what religious or spiritual institutes have to say on positive thinking. Ignoring negative topics won’t make things better, just worse. Same as focusing on the negative won’t improve the situation either. As uncomfortable as it is to deal with negativity we have to do something before it gets worse, whether it’s your life or a global situation. The truth needs to be faced in a direct manner so we can clear out the B.S. that clouds our minds.
Intuition helps negative thinking when you get those internal red flags rise up in your mind or the silent alarm bells go off. Like anyone else you have to take a good look at your own dark side and good stuff before taking remarking about someone elses. Reality makes itself known when the masks come off and any situation is seen for what it is. Wisdom and discernment is handy when finding what the truth is as unquestioning blind faith is a useless attribute. You can’t let your decision making abilities or power to another person or group. If you don’t learn how to think you’re more likely to become so gullible that you’ll wind up being imprisoned in a mental cage.