Fighting Back Against Negativity

Be an Encourager © Photocreo Bednarek – stock.adobe.com

Maybe it’s the writer in me, but I believe the struggle between Positive and Negative is a war. Imagine two kingdoms fighting for control in the battlefield of human consciousness. One side wants to lift humanity higher and encourages us to follow our own dreams. It values freedom of thought, kindness, and creativity. The other side wants to control through fear, depression, and hatred. I don’t know why. I suspect there is a larger agenda hidden from us.

Negativity has powerful weapons. Fear-mongering can be a blunt instrument that smashes common sense. It can also use gossip to subtly undermine. Both tactics are part of Negativity’s Deception arsenal. Lies cause mistrust. Mistrust causes resentment and hatred. If you don’t trust anyone, you will become isolated and depressed. The energy to fight negativity is lost to you.

Positivity may seem to be losing the war right now, but our side has powerful weapons too.

  • Acts of Kindness outweigh violence
  • Truth spoken with Love cancels out lies and ignorance
  • Knowledge smashes the barbs of fear and misdirection
  • And the most powerful weapon of all? We have each other! Be an encourager. Lift someone else up!

No matter how horrible things get or how upset I feel, I refuse to feed the enemy’s forces. What about you? How will you stand in the face of Negativity?

Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well. 

Walking on Water and Other Annoying Habits

Everybody has there own perspective! © Philip Steury – stock.adobe.com

The Green River tumbles from Utah’s Flaming Gorge Dam in thunderous roars. It churns and bucks at its center, propelling water through the towering walls of rock. Then the canyon widens. The river slows its pace. Calm ripples make their way gently to shore. It is here the trout thrive.

I’ve spent many pleasurable hours walking along the banks of the Green River with fly rod in hand. Wear the right sunglasses and you can see the trout swimming along the shore. The water is that clear. I’ve stood in the Green River with my line floating downstream and had a trout swim mockingly between my legs.

Is the river really green? I suppose it depends on your sunglasses. Some fishermen prefer dark polarized lenses. Others like the yellowish amber tint. Both help your eyes see the fish better against the glare of sunshine on water.  Both give the water a different shade. Which one is correct? I bet if you ask the fish they’d say, “Get out of my river, two legs. You’re both wrong.”

How can you know what another fisherman sees unless you swap sunglasses? You’ll soon find you’re both right and you’re both wrong. It’s pointless to argue or feel superior about what you see in the river (unless you can walk on water.) Everyone views life through the filter of their personal experiences.

I think the trout might have the most accurate perspective. To be honest, they can be a little judgy.

Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.

The Bunny Had It Right

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I’m an encourager. I believe I was put on the planet to inspire and encourage others to follow their dreams. What happens when an encourager isn’t feeling particularly encouraging? I fall back to the lessons I learned in childhood.

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nuthin’ at all.” – Thumper from Bambi. Directed by David Hand, Walt Disney Pictures, 9 August 1942

Last week was hard. The day job has become more stressful as critical resources shut down due to COVID19. People are wearing masks (I don’t know why this is so depressing for me). I’m not progressing in my art right now and my favorite stress reliever – walking outside with my dog – was impossible when Colorado dropped to a record 13 degrees during April.

What’s my point? We’re all human and subject to becoming overwhelmed. Especially now. It’s okay to take a step back, slow down and feel your feelings. We are all angry, frightened, depressed and anxious right now. Holding the storm of emotions inside isn’t healthy. They must be expressed…BUT in a healthy way. Talk it through with someone you trust. Take a run or work it off in an online fitness class. Put down the donut and close the refrigerator.

Be kind to yourself. Be patient with others. They are going through the same turmoil you are. Remember: The sun will rise again (eventually if you live in the North).

Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.

Are You Out of Balance?

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We spend our days balancing on a tightrope. Each footstep carries us closer to either wellbeing or unrest. If we stay balanced in our Mind, Body, and Soul, then we will spend our day in a state of good health and happiness. Stepping one toe out of place could mean chronic illness or depression.

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MIND – Feed Your Mind the Right Food

  • Learn new things
  • Read good books
  • Teach or share positive things you’ve learned

BODY – Feed Your Body the Right Food

  • Give your body good nutrition – eat lots of vegetables and lean proteins. Avoid junk food
  • Take your body for a walk. It needs exercise!
  • Rest! Your body carries the weight of your physical form and all your internal stress. It needs a restful break each day

SOUL – Feed Your Soul the Right Food

  • Meditate – Sit quietly and allow your soul to reconnect with the great essence of creation
  • Acceptance – Understand that world events and the reaction of others are out of your control
  • Peace – Walking through the hardships of life with a peaceful soul will bring you joy

Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.

Be A Teacher

Be A Mentor! © aleutie – stock.adobe.com

You’ve stayed true to your creative journey. Looking back on the road you’ve traveled; the pitfalls and wrong turns seem obvious now. Are you satisfied with your destination? Or is your journey ongoing? Now is your time to pay it forward.

  • Share your Knowledge
  • Give Your Encouragement Freely
  • Reap the Benefits of Fulfillment

Be a mentor to someone just starting their journey. Find the poor soul struggling in a pothole who can’t see the way out.

Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.

Be A Warrior

Be A Warrior! © serhiibobyk – stock.adobe.com

Anyone who has walked the Creative Path knows it can be rocky. We struggle with the pitfalls of the road.

  • Lack of Inspiration
  • Bouts of Self-Doubt
  • Failure to Finish
  • Failure of Our Art to Inspire

Now is the time when you must be a warrior!

Tough times demand absolute faith in your journey. Know you were chosen to share your art with the world. Someone needs to be inspired by what you create. Don’t give up!

Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.

On Building A Better Human

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Welcome to 2020. It’s a new decade bursting with opportunities. Show of hands. How many of us actually thought we’d make it this far? Many of the older SCI/FI stories didn’t paint a rosy picture of our chances. Other, more hopeful authors imagined we would advance to levels humanity has not achieved as of yet. I admire their faith and would love to walk in the world they’d envisioned for us.

Don’t get discouraged. We still have time to grow! Let’s get started.

Building a Better Human (Inside Ourselves)

Human Beings are complex creatures with aspects of the Dark and Light inside our hearts. It is our capacity to monitor our intent and choose appropriate action that provides us with the opportunity of enlightened growth. But where to start? Here are a few basic suggestions to target for 2020:

Be Kind– Don’t strive for Sainthood. Kindness means thinking of other creatures who walk the world with us. Do the little acts of giving and thoughtfulness without expecting personal gain

Be Trustworthy– Be a fortress of integrity and honesty to your friends. Keep hurtful gossip from your lips

Be Forgiving– Don’t forget that others are walking life’s path without a handbook just like you. Be patient with their frailties and understanding of their falls

Be Loving– Perhaps the greatest gift humanity as to offer the world is our capacity to love

We can do it, fellow travelers! Let’s help each other grow.

Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.