You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
400 years ago William Shakespeare wrote a line in the play Hamlet, “Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Throughout history great minds have realized that thoughts are powerful.
Doctors and other learned people in the medical profession now believe that prayer can help a person heal. A person who is seriously ill and has a support group of friends and family praying for them, will heal quicker than someone who doesn’t.
You can take or leave the religious aspect; but if you think about it, a prayer is nothing more than a positive thought. In the act of praying a person makes an affirmation that there will be a desired outcome; if this person believes in the outcome, it is a positive thought.
If there is doubt in the mind of the person praying, it is no longer a positive thought, but a negative one and there will be no desired outcome. Looked at in this light a positive thought is nothing more than an unspoken prayer. A prayer and a positive thought are the exact same thing.
It doesn’t really matter if you believe that some divine power hears a prayer and acts upon it; or you simply believe in the power of positive thinking as Shakespeare did, and believe that “Thinking makes it so.”
If we can believe these learned doctors who say that prayer or a positive thought can heal someone; then it seems to me it is entirely possible that a negative thought caused the illness or accident in the first place.
There was a saying that popped up sometime in the 1980s; it was “Shit Happens.” I believe that shit doesn’t just happen, but negative thinking causes shit to happen. Either my own negative thinking or that of someone close to me.
Misfortune can come in many forms; not just illness or accidents. Items of value can get broken, lost or stolen. Relationships end or we can suffer financial losses or hardships.
If someone I know is experiencing a string of bad luck; for example, their car breaks down, they get sick, and their home gets vandalized or broken into, all around the same time.
If I enquire further, I can practically guarantee that there is some other shit going on in their lives, like a divorce, a family dispute or problems with a coworker. In other words, negative thoughts and negative shit are flying around.
Some people believe that bad luck comes in threes; so if they suffer two misfortunes they are expecting a third. And sure enough there will be a third misfortune, why? Because thinking makes it so. There is rarely a fourth misfortune; because this person firmly believes bad luck only comes in threes.
When I set out on a bike ride it is sometimes difficult not to have the thought, “Will I have an accident, will someone hit me today?” However, I don't worry too much about the occasional negative thought; it is only natural.
I dismiss the thought immediately and I take comfort that it is not just that “Thinking makes it so,” but it is thinking and believing that gives the thought its power.
Just as praying for someone but not really believing in the outcome turns the positive thought into a negative; thinking a negative thought but at the same time not believing it, the negative will not occur.
I take Johnny Mercer’s advice and “Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.” I accentuate the positive by considering my odds of staying safe are enormous when compared to the odds I will have a mishap.
By riding defensively and staying alert, I increase my odds of not being hit. If I accentuate the positive, I automatically eliminate the negative.
Do you have any little tricks to stay positive, that you would like to share?