Let’s chat about positivity

Let’s chat about positivity, the law of attraction, the rules of karma!

Haven’t heard of this?

Well it goes a little something like this……you get out what you put it.

And I’m not just talking about calorie intake versus energy expended.

I’m banging on about a good vibe’s mantra.

There’s a well-known quote, attributed to various well-known historical figures, that has been heavily circulated via social media in various versions:

“Your beliefs become your thoughts

Your thoughts become your words,

Your words become your actions,

Your actions become your habits,

Your habits become your values,

Your values become your destiny.”

Not familiar with it?

Here’s another one:

“We are what we think.

All that arises with our thoughts.

With our thoughts we make the world.

Speak or act with an impure mind

And trouble will follow you

As the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.”

This resonates with me, particularly 10 seconds immediately after reading it when I’m scrolling through facebook, or when reflecting on life’s challenges.

I try to remain positive; positive thoughts, positive actions…..but inevitably I fall off the wagon at times.

I shake my fist at the sky demanding, ‘why me?’.

I allow impatience and irritability to infiltrate my conscience, and my perspective is subsequently tainted with negativity.

So, I attempt a reboot with a personal forehead slap.

I change my soundtrack.

Take deep breaths.

And recognise the heavy cloud of pessimism is my responsibility to blow away.

You can take the law of attraction, rules of karma, and the old adage of “what goes around, comes around”, with a grain of salt.

But as I did a google search for ‘cheap flights to New York’ the other day, and was then inundated with copious amounts of promotional material via facebook from random sources on the same subject, it dawned on me that the internet is somewhat a mini version of our own universe that we navigate.

What we put in, is what we get out.

We are bombarded with a direct reflection of our input.

And I made the correlation to my everyday life – the vibes I, both consciously and unconsciously, emit into the universe are reflected back to me.

It made sense.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is, something Monty Python already articulated so superbly in 1979……

“Some things in life are bad

They can really make you mad

Other things just make you swear and curse

When you’re chewing on life’s gristle

Don’t grumble, give a whistle

And this’ll help things turn out for the best……..

Always look on the bright side of life.”

How about you Bec?  How do you tackle the daily grind?

What little of pearls of wisdom have you taken on board throughout your time to help you to soldier on throughout life’s ups and downs?

Positive thinking. Growth mindsets. These are the catchcries of today’s modern world Nat.

They are being applied in work environments throughout the world and taught in classrooms across the country, and they’re not wrong.

We do get out what we put in.

We are more likely to have a positive outcome if we approach something with positivity instead of fear or negativity.

People, especially children, can and will achieve more if supported, encouraged and challenged.

Understanding that mistakes are just stepping stones to learning; that to attempt something new is so much bigger than to give up; and that kindness is a world-wide language everyone can understand, is something we all need to appreciate.

I’ve recently come across a new educational model being taught in our classrooms; the Berry Street Education Model.

This model, known as the BSEM, focuses on a proactive and positive approach to behaviour, where students learn to recognise their physical and emotional selves and the changes that occur within them when they are escalating or becoming unfocused and feeling anxious.

Through BSEM practices, students not only learn strategies of what to do in these situations but also the importance of recognising and understanding what is happening inside their bodies at that moment.

Applied practically in a classroom, BSEM could look something like this: each class starts the day with a “Welcome Circle” where everybody is acknowledged and made to feel welcome. Students are taught practical strategies to help themselves in difficult situations, and the day could end with a “What Went Well” discussion.

The research tells us that finding a positive, even if it’s been a hard day, is essential for well-being.

If you’ve ever read the book “Pollyanna” by Eleanor H. Porter you’ll know what I mean when I mention “the glad game”.

The book’s ever-optimistic heroine, Pollyanna is a child well ahead of her time, and even when struck down with illness, the power of positivity and her father’s “glad game” helps her through.

Books and films are often the mediums through which human interactions, emotions and dispositions are studied.

It’s hard to believe that the classic 1990s film “Forrest Gump” can have the same emotional impact even if you watch it once or 10 times.

Aside from depicting everyday drama many people can relate to, the movie itself is a major life lesson – we can always succeed if we believe in ourselves.

But, we also need someone to encourage and not give up on us when we’re in doubt.

While Forrest said “you’ve got to put the past behind you before you can move on, Pollyanna said it even better: “there is something about everything that you can be glad about, if you keep hunting long enough to find it.”

Good hunting everyone.

“My mama always told me that miracles happen every day. Some people don’t think so, but they do.” – Forrest Gump

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