Since reading a book around the age of thirteen, I have always been a believer in the power of positive thinking. Thinking for myself to make myself a better person. The reason I read the book at the time is that I had read how reading the book had helped baseball players improve. The book was phsyco – cybernetics by maxwell maltz.
One reason I love to read is that it can take you to places you don’t expect to go. It can offer insight in to how others experience living. I don’t know if the book improved my batting average. It did however improve how I perceived myself. Made me recognize that I was OK.
We have been blessed due to the coronavirus to have two of our grandchildren here every other week. That has made me forget about photography. My time much better spent trying to be a good grandfather. It has not made me forget about the state of our country. Which in not many years I will be leaving for them to spend their lifetimes.
It is so easy to fall into the trap of negativity. I felt as if I was becoming cornered. When cornered all I think about is fighting. When I have had to fight I loose all thought. I see red, and quite honestly feel little pain at the time. So I have stepped back studied what has been going on and sought answers to relieve myself of this negative way of thinking that I know is not good for me or anyone else.
I became angry over negative posts made on facebook by a friend. I asked him to stop and think. A true friendship should not be lost over disagreements, but I have to be honest and let a friend know when I think they are falling in to that trap of negativity.
It was not just my friend but many others that were mostly posting only negative and often untrue information. So I decided to remove myself from facebook which I shared with my wife. She will let me know when pics and info about distant family surface and I can view them.
Even with the grandkids here I still have wee-hours of the morning to fill with reading of my choice. If not on how to fix or build something here on the farm I fill those hours with reading about the turmoil in our country from as many viewpoints as I can find. I also fill them with reading blogs from individuals that mostly are about photography or farming.
I recently have been finding a lot of positive things from one authors website. A website I started following after reading a dog story I liked he had written many years ago. I have not been a faithful follower but check back from time to time to see how he be. A second dog story book he wrote was not too good in my opinion probably the reason. Knowing that I don’t get it right all the time I go back and enjoy the positivity of the good things he has done in helping others. Something I am not all that good at. His website is www.bedlamfarm.com.
For the first time I can recall I have talked politics with two of my brothers and my sister. We are not in agreement with our current president. We did not argue but share viewpoints. For me it is simply that I can not stand behind anyone that lies and is dishonest. That to me is dangerous for our country. Simple as that.
In one recent post from the bedlam farm blog he wrote about how it is possible that our president suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder. The symptoms due fit him to a T.
I am not one that likes labeling things be it a disorder or a diagnosis, a faith or a fear. Always to many variables to wrap things up nice and neat in a box. Life and living does not work that way. Renaming things, tearing down statues, that were put in place at the time as positive in nature, make me want to pull my hair out.
Kneeling instead of standing and fighting in protest makes me wince at my own thoughts. I don’t have or ever expect to have all the answers. If I seek at all I seek the beauty and freedom just outside my door. Understanding that others may not be blessed with the same.
Don’t live in the past I think, live for today. Correct injustice as we see it now in a positive manner, with positive thoughts.
Think for yourself but think for the good of others. At least stop and think positively instead of following a pack…