“Protect your enthusiasm from the negativity of others.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Daily Nugget of Gold 1380
A Nasty Mental Weed
Let’s get right down to brass tacks. (What an odd saying, don’t bother looking it up, though, there doesn’t seem to be a definitive answer, although we tried!) Let’s identify some of the nastiest mental weeds so that we can all begin an ambitious eradication program.
Negativity. Oh, this is the dandelion of mental weeds. Allow one in your mental garden and there will soon be dozens, hundreds, or more. Negativity finds it’s way into our brains through a huge variety of sources. We have to be careful what we agree with, whether it be with friends, co-workers, family members, and more. Virtually everyone we meet will challenge us by sprinkling some negative seeds in the fertile soil of our mental garden every day. The trick is to root out the negative weeds in our garden all the while being cordial and loving. While we can deal with an occasional negative thought handed to us from an otherwise friendly person, we want to be wary of the person with a giant sack of dandelion seeds who throws them our way every chance they get.
Our work isn’t finished when we’ve mastered being nice, looking for the best in people, and turning the occasional negative thought into a positive one. No, not by a long shot. We then have the duty to be on guard with everything else we encounter with our senses, particularly with our ears and our eyes. The music we listen to, the things that we read, the movies and television we watch, and the radio news or programs we encounter- just about all of this stuff is overwhelmingly negative and much of it is nothing short of pure mind garbage.
So, what are we to do? Become monks and live cloistered lives? Not exactly, but it would really be beneficial for us to be mindful of even hints of negativity and reject it. Do many people do this? Nope. A few people do and they’re usually the brightest, most creative people around. They’ve freed themselves of the chains so many of us wear in assumed comfort, and because of that, they produce wondrous things most of us only dream about.
Lastly, we need to stand watch over our own thoughts. While diminishing the negative influence of others is helpful, and watching what we take in from all sources is important, we also have to be aware that some mental weeds seem to spring up from otherwise immaculate soil. This isn’t a job for the weak or the cowardly, this is the stuff which we need to do in order to have a chance of succeeding beyond being ordinary and average.
We hit on dandelions today, next time we’ll cover how to deal with crabgrass. Can you guess what that is?
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What do I fear the most?”
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