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Saturday, January 20, 2007


The Art Of Positive Thinking

The art of positive thinking. It's supposed to literally be a cure for anything that ails you, both body and soul. I do believe this to be true in most cases. It's a matter of learning to put the right "spin" on the subject.

I even have some examples:

You have a really bad job. The pay is terrible, the work tedious, the hours inconvenient.

Think of the pluses! You have a place to go, people who more than likely commiserate with your situation (who doesn't enjoy a good b-t-h session now and then?) and some kind of monetary stipend which is hopefully keeping you close to eye level with the bills you've accumulated.

Truly better than the alternative!

Another scenario: You have been stricken with some terrible affliction. I know, many of you are reading that last sentence and wondering "WHAT????

However, it's a known medical phenomena that being positive that you will survive and even be better than ever when all is said and done, really, truly works. We all know someone who defied the odds of a "terminal" condition, simply by deciding that they had not finished what they needed to here on earth. One of my husband's cousin's had a husband who had esophageal cancer and was given only 3 months survival-he lived a full life for another 12 years after that and died of a heart attack-not cancer. It allowed him to be there for all of his children's marriages and see most of his grandchildren come into being!

All this being said-I really want to stress I do believe in having a positive frame of mind. I myself came back from being close to not being able to maintain a "regular" lifestyle with my rheumatoid arthritis. It was my positive attitude and trust in medical science that made it possible for me to sit here and write, get out and go power-walking and numerous other daily activities rather than sit in constant pain.

EXCEPT FOR ONE THING: head colds. I really see nothing positive about them. Okay, in the grand scheme of life, this sounds ridiculous, but have any of you ever had one and have been able to think "oh good, I needed a cold!" What fun! And now, I have a doozy!

Does anything make you feel or look worse? My eyes are tearing, I can't hear anything, my throat feels as if a match has been struck on it. I'm dizzy. My face and lips are chapped from all the sneezing, blowing and coughing. Oh, while I'm complaining-my body hurts and my back went out from having to cough and sneeze at the same time. Plus, who sleeps in this condition?
This is after 9 days and enough "symptom relief" medication to choke the proverbial horse.

Childbirth was easier. Shorter recovery time too. Plus, you came out with something wonderful.

And now, I may not be ready to post, but I have to-I positively need another hot cup of lemon and honey and a new Kleenex.


Great post, something I firmly believe in. I've been on both sides (thinking negative in my distant past, thinking positive in recent years)...positive thinking definitely works.

I have wanted to post something pertaining to this, I think I'll post it today, and give you a "nod" in it so people can pop over to your blog! If you don't mind, of course!

Take good care,
Dear Carine...I see you have taken my positive "spin" to heart. Hope it works with the cold!

Ciao bella...have a great week and feel better! ;)
Lisa, of course you can send over as many as you'd like! glad you enjoyed it!
oh yes in deed! I'm also trying to think positively about many other things. but then I always figure the old cliche is so true: You really can catch more flies w/ honey than vinegar
Thank you for stopping by! I will add you to my sidebar, gladly!
I can very well see where you're coming from in the 'art of positive thinking!
Very well done.
thank you Matty! It was a pleasure to finally find out what your blog was so I could finally read it!
I just have to chime in on this article. I am a good example. You know all the problems I had in the past with my R.A. ,well, a month ago I decided to try and think myself healthy. Think happy, positive thoughts and try an experiment. On December 28th I took my last dose of ibuprophen. I haven't felt the need to take any since, when I'm feeling slightly achy, I take notice of my thoughts. I have found that usually they are negative, so I change them to positive. In just a few minutes I start to feel better, emotionally and phisically.

This is longer than I expected, but I just had to respond to this article. Hang in there, and think happy thoughts!
same here ruthie! I owe my remission to not only my rheumy but my attitude!
Except for the headcold thing. I have to admit, this morning, I am feeling much closer to "well"!
Bless your heart, you poor thing! Has your doctor ever mentioned that an ordinary, everyday head cold can turn into an extrodinary sinus infection and then onto asthma? It happened to me at sixty and is related to autoimmune problems, which you already have. I agree that you can beat stuff with positive thinking, but keep the medical people on their toes. I am a nurse and still have to be my own patient advocate.
Oh yes Kacey, I think that's why it always takes me so long to get in and out of everything! a pimple turns into something that needs draining. eww
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