The most important thing is consitency….

Ok. Maybe the second most important thing!

I’ve been learning this—the hard way—for the last few months. Consistency is important, and so is positivism. I live in a happy home, and I want to keep it that way!

So, here we go again. I did most of this when I was in my teen years. Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill); The Power of Positive Thinking (Norman Vincent Peale); all positive contributions to the world of positivism. Both books undoubtedly were a contribution to me in my formative years. Since then, Daniel Goleman–the author of Emotional Intelligence–and Mel Robbins–noted speaker and multiple best-selling author–have made further inroads (or at least made multiple pitches) for positive thinking. The current (for a long time) meditation and mindfulness revival also has an undercurrent of positivism that can’t be denied, and certainly has been an influence to myself and everyone in my life.

Christianity and Buddhism both have been influenced by the more current (and at least as spiritual) waves of positive thinking and positivism. In retrospect, growing up in the Catholic Church, everything I learned about Christ was hardly positive. When I He wasn’t personally suffering (which he always was), he was a hard task master. “Thou shalt not do this…” and “Thou shalt not do that…”. Very old school, and Old Testament!

Yesterday, I ordered (online of course) a back issue of a print magazine, Real Simple, that I’ve picked up in the line at the grocery store a couple of times. I think that my wife, Jan, and I may have even subscribed to a couple of times. The subject of this back issue is “positivity”. The articles delve into the concept of positivity, and how it applies to human psychology. I’ve read some of the articles online, and am looking forward to getting the print edition to read in more detail.

Part of my deep dive into positivism is reading this magazine (cover to cover?) to see what the latest-greatest is on the subject, as well as to perhaps start authoring my own book on the subject. Spoiler alert: It’s not going to be a before and after! The least few years of my life have certainly not been a prime example of living a positivistic life. And, as Jan will attest, I’m not likely to give up my curmudgeonly existence to become a Mel Robbins follower!

Before I sign off on this article, I’d like to invite of any of my readers with a life experience of the power of positivity, or the opposite to share what this has meant to you in your life.

The Comments box is available below. Feel free to copy and paste!

Thanks for reading.

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Keep moving forward!

I’m not quite sure when this was taken. I know it was New Year’s Eve. We were with Sue and Mike in Victoria at the Johnson Street Parkade, across from Herman’s Jazz Club. The direction is to keep your car moving, so the drivers behind you aren’t blocked, especially on an icy up-ramp in the parkade.

“Keep moving forward!” has never made so much sense. This year, with the pandemic and the heavy snow along the West Coast (including Victoria) all we can do is look (and keep moving) forward.

My wife, Jan, is looking forward to retirement (I think!). We just got a nagging bit of work done on our RV yesterday. And it’s New Year’s Eve again. Keep moving forward is the only advice I’d ever give anyone. Oh, and one more thing…

I don’t even know where I got it from, but it spills out of my mouth sometimes, “Do what makes sense.” There. The only two pieces of advice you’d ever hear from me. “Keep moving forward!” and “Do what makes sense.”

There are dozen’s of philosophical tomes, I’m sure, based on these two ideas. The whole positivism thing with the first statement, I’m sure. I’m always careful when I think or say it, “Keep moving forward!” that the second idea “Do what makes sense.” is indelibly linked to the first.

That is, you wouldn’t keep moving forward if your own child was in front of the vehicle you’re driving. Nor, would you keep moving forward if doing so meant that at some point you’d have to make up distance or time to get where you’re ultimately going. Or would you? When you’re making declarations like “Keep moving forward!” or “Do what makes sense.”, you have to do the sensible thing and preface such statement with, “I’m only saying this, because…” Such declarations do not appear from the abyss. They are predicated on certain circumstances and really are pretty circumstantial.

So, my advice from above still stands. “Keep moving forward!” and “Do what makes sense.” if it makes sense.

Does that make sense?

Please comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

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