Blog #623 I want to be a Pollyanna

I want to be Pollyanna!!! (Or an ostrich )

“The Pollyanna principle is the tendency for people to remember pleasant items more accurately than unpleasant ones.]Research indicates that at the subconscious level, the mind has a tendency to focus on the optimistic; while at the conscious level, it has a tendency to focus on the negative.”

As some say “The World is going to Hell in a Handbasket”.  Recently we had seemingly a white supremacist shooting up two mosques in New Zealand.  There is widespread outrage by one political side against another; liberal versus conservative; good versus evil; greed versus love.  We find one significant person after another (generally men) with a history of sexual abuse. Illicit drugs are seemingly readily available (I haven’t tried to find them, but the news seems to find them for me).  The news showed injustice and corruption in all areas. Money Talks (so they say). Guns are readily available – and while some are good (I know many good people that hunt pheasants or deer), it seems as though a person can buy assault rifles as well.  (by-the-way, the phrase “the world is going to hell in a handbasket” came into popular use in the American Civil War)

The name Pollyanna comes from a 1913 novel, where an orphan girl “who plays the “glad game”—trying to find something to be glad about in every situation.”  

Like other motivational speakers, I believe (and promote) positive self-image and positive self-talk.  You CAN change!! You GET to CHOOSE your attitude. You can be a ‘gloomy Gus’ or a Pollyanna (or on the scale towards the Pollyanna end).  

It might be hard for a convenience store worker to think that the person walking  in the door with a mask over their face and a gun in their hand is having good thoughts.  It also might be hard to think the person who has broken into your house and is searching for money and jewelry is really a good person.  

So, today, I’m giving some radical thought – not my own.   This is from a guy who live some 2000 years ago.

Here is one thought:

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is

-1 true,
-2 honorable,
-3 right,
-4 pure,
-5 lovely,
-6 admirable.

Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.  

Don’t worry about anything

And give thanks for everything

But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!

Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another

I also said (in the title to today’s blog) about being an ostrich.  The old story is that ostriches put their heads in the sand so they don’t see what is going on.  “If I don’t see it, it isn’t there”. Maybe ignoring the evil in the world and focusing on the positive might help all of us get out of depression and love life again.

What do you think?  Am I too optimistic?  Should I allow more realism into my life?


Posted by Bruce White

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