Monday, June 28, 2010

Not Naturally Positive

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
~H. L. Mencken

I've got this little problem. I can see the good - but I always think it will be short lived.
I have hope that things will get better - only to fall apart again.
Perhaps it is just my experience, but life seems to be one BIG roller coaster ride, and I am no fan of the adrenaline rush.
I try really hard to talk myself into being "positive." Not that I am a depressive person, I just tend to always have a snide thought running through my head.
I wish I could have a procedure, similar to lasik, where my eyes are permanently tinted with rose-colors. Then, perhaps I could see things less clearly.
And that's just it - I see things too clearly sometimes. I rarely get caught up in the excitement. Yes, I do get excited. Yes, I have expressed it here. But it is usually short lived.
With that being said, I have tried to find websites that teach positive thinking. Over and Over they say to give yourself affirmations. To a cynic - that is just plain ridiculous. However, they say that the unconscious mind will believe what you tell it, and respond accordingly.

How funny that would be -if it really worked. (Which I highly doubt!) Here is what I would tell my unconscious/subconscious brain:

1. You are soooo skinny. You look awesome, no worries for you!

2. Man, you are the most graceful person in the world.

3. WOW - You are waaaay smarter than most people.

4. Eating?? Nah - you don't need it. Just take a vitamin, drink lots of water and ignore those dizzy, weak signals.

5. You have an amazing singing voice. I think you should audition for American Idol.

6. While you are at it - head over to America's Next Top Model, because you ARE about 6 feet.

7. Fuel for the car is over rated. Who needs to stop and get gas??

8. Bills? They don't exist.

9. Taxes - Nah.. neither do they. You do not need to pay them. Don't worry - no one will get mad at you, or haul you off to prison - because you are AWESOME.

10. You should really tell people what you are thinking, and hand out tons of advice, because you are the most wonderful person anyone has ever met.

Ahhh... positive thinking! What would you add to my list?


Syeda Zehra said...

Ha ha ha...

I call this time of people,
"Eeyore" the glommy donkey of the cartoon series Winee the Pooh..:)
His favorite quote was..
"Oh, well.", "Thanks for noticin' me"

Nicole said...

hahahaaha - Eeyore.. yeah. Some days I am the donkey.. sometimes I am Tigger! ;-)

Anonymous said...

I am the same way. No worries. I wish I could be one of those positive people, but I just can't.
Though... in high school, I used to wake up and tell myself, "Today is going to be a good day." and every day I remembered to do this, was a pretty okay day. Not awesome, but certainly never horrific.

New Jersey Memories said...

I know that I need to think more positively. I am trying to get all the things -- both negative and positive -- that I need to get done this year instead of letting them wait.

l'ananas said...

when you get word of this procedure, let me know! I truly believe in the power of positive thinking and i still can't shut this negativity off. there is a good passage in the happiness project about this...

Leanne said...

You know, this is so real, Nicole. I am one of those people who really trys to live a positive life. But I have those days when it's almost impossible. I read something one (unfortunately I can't remember where) that when you are about to embark on that overwhelmed stressed feeling, tell yourself to quiet the mind. Seriously. I do that - I keep saying to myself, "Quiet mind. Quiet Mind." over and over. It helps. - I would recommend saying it to yourself, though, rather than out loud, although it might make for good conversation in the lunch room for your co-workers ;) Hang in there ...

Wendy said...

This is double edged for me. I pride myself on being positive. Keeping a positive state of mind is what got me through a very long rough patch. Being positive doesn't mean being unrealistic it means seeing what could be and working towards it.

If I'm being honest, I do have a cynical side (and it's pretty nasty...which can be fun sometimes.) but I always feel like crap when I let it take over.
Anyway, JMO... And you know what they say about those. ;)

Nicole said...

Oh Wendy you are more than likely right! I was in a TERRIBLE mood yesterday. I think it definitely showed in my writing!


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