Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Power of the Mind

Over on Tiffany's blog, you can learn about a FABULOUS contest, as well as Fishful Thinking.

Fishful Thinking is a website geared at encouraging children to concentrate on the positive things in life and to be optimistic, teaching them that they are able to accomplish anything they want to. Now, after reading a little about Fishful Thinking, I got to thinking about my own attitude. Am I glass half empty or a glass half full kinda gal? According to people close to me, I'm probably a somewhat negative person. I have a tendency to dwell on upcoming events (aka work, ICU months, call nights) and allow that to affect me for a couple days beforehand at times. When I have a bad day, it's the negative things I remember and concentrate on - not the positive things.

However, at the same time, I've accomplished a lot in my twenty-eight years and I'm very proud of it. I came from a family with limited resources. My parents were pregnant with me when they were still in high school - resulting in a marriage, divorce, and lack of college educations for both of my parents in their early lives. Research shows that most children of teenage parents also become teenage parents. Despite all of that, I've somehow made it through high school without getting pregnant, graduated from a fantastic private college with honors, shockingly got accepted to a reputable medical school, and am now pursuing the career I've always dreamt of. I realize I can have anything I want out of life. And, I plan to get everything I want out of life.

So, how is it that a person like me is so negative? It's true. I am. I'm cranky and moody. Bad things happen and I dwell and smolder and make more bad things happen. Most of the time I'm happy, outgoing, and easy to get along with. But, on a bad day - watch out, folks. But, then again, isn't it ok to have a bad day? How is it that some people always seem happy-go-lucky and positive? Do bad things just not happen to those peoeple? Or, do they somehow find a way to make the bad things good things?

Ok, wow. That was deep. I need an Advil. ;)


  1. Stopping by via SITS.

    I do the same thing: dread unpleasant things, then dwell on the bad rather than the good. I know that I shouldn't, but it's what I do. All I can say is try to be more positive. Sounds like you have accomplished a lot and have every reason to be an extremely positive person!

  2. OH NO NEGATIVE NELLY!! Snap out of it! Bad things happen to those people too--they just handle it differently. You have a lot to be proud of girly!! This will cheer you up! I'm giving you the letter S to my alphabet game! Have fun!! =)
    P.S. I want to pet your kitty cats! They look so soft!

  3. I get you completely. I basically a negative, cynical person as well. Yet, I have a great life.

    So, every day, I have to make the choice. The choice to be happy. It sounds stupid . . . I didn't believe I could just choose. But I choose my reactions. I choose to find the joy, even in bad things.

    I often fail . . . but I keep trying!

    I'm off to read the blogs you linked up. They look interesting!

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog! I am very much fascinated by the medical field and wanted to be a doctor. I kick myself for not going straight out of high school. Now, I'm going back as a 45 year old to finish up my RN degree. I would love to follow along as you go through the motions in your residency.

    By the way, I totally understand the negativity. I have to fight hard to be optimistic about things. You're definitely not alone.

  5. Oh I'm sorry you had a bad day :(

    Bad things happen to me all the time! Have you read my blog?

  6. Thanks for stopping by our blog and saying hello. I totally believe in the power of the mind and try not to dwell on the negative stuff.


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