Summary – Picture a black dot in your mind. Nobody notices the white background.
How many of you would have agreed with me that positive thinking is just one of the most difficult thing to do?
There are tons of books on positive thinking. Each and every one of them is describing the benefits of positive thinking with great details. Some even come with real life examples. No worries, I’m not going to relist the benefits here. If you are interested, feel free though to read about my other thoughts on positive thinking here.
Despite the wonderful benefits of thinking positively, why are we still find it hard to apply it in our life? If for example, you are retrenched from your job, and your girlfriend broke up with you, all at the same time. Will you be able to smile and still think positively? You can do it but it will require your strongest willpower just to create that glimpse of smile.
My Theory On Why It’s That Difficult
I personally believe that we have been trained to make positive thinking difficult since we were children.
Remember when we first learnt the ABCs? We were first taught the 26 alphabets and when we were able to read, we were asked to focus on the 26 alphabets on the books and nothing else. We were never encouraged to describe the white color of the page, and we were usually scolded if we use the book for things other than reading. Do you know that books can be used as cartoon animator? or an emergency fan?
For the record, I have no objection with the methodology of teaching. Children at that age can easily be distracted and allowing them to play with books without any serious attempt to make them read can lead to a sudden jump in illiteracy worldwide.
Unfortunately, the methodoly had indirectly make us more close minded. A book will always be a book to us.
An Accident Is NOT Just An Accident
This is how it affect us now. Take a car accident for example. For most of us, a car accident is just a car accident. While in fact it is so much more than that.
- It is a reminder for you to be more careful next time.
- It is a chance for you to finally learn how to claim for insurance.
- It is a boost in confidence in driving if you manage to avoid the accident.
- It is an experience that you can boast to your grandchildren.
- It’s your chance to practice your emergency response skills like evasive driving.
- You may have saved someone’s life.
- You can finally learn the true value of life.
In short, we just need to learn how to see a book as something else besides for reading. Isn’t that what positive thinking really is? Looking at things from a different and positive view.
- I Wonder –
What else can you do with your books?
———— Summary ———–
It was night time and I was at a boarding school. My friend and I was beginning to get bored with our studying. There he was, another friend who was actually sleeping on the table. Being bored, my friend and I started to stack up books on his chest. It must be around 10 books altogether when he woke up and started mumbling at us.
He must be very sleepy since he believed that we were doing an experiment to determine the maximum force needed to be applied on the chest before a sleeping man wakes up. At least that’s what we told him. Good times.
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