The Ramblings of the Titanium Don

Explorations of Conscious Reality Creation and Other Matters

Month: October 2014 (Page 1 of 2)

My writing – Self-Published

I am proud to announce the release of the first book of The Source Chronicles – Seeker.

BookCoverImageI am pleased to announce that Seeker is available for purchase on Amazon today. You can get it in paperback or for Kindle.

Thank you for your support! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

 

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Manifestation can be quite the paradox.

On the one hand it is astoundingly simple. On the other hand, it is intricately complex.

It is in fact both. I believe, however, that the hardest part of manifestation is the basic idea of what it is you want.

I know that a lot of people see this hooky-spooky bs. New-agey mumbo-jumbo. However, I have first-hand experience with making this actually work, and I know that it is more than just possibility, but reality.

The first and most important fact in manifestation is the simplest, but hardest to grasp. What is it you really, truly want? What do you desire to have in your life?

A lot of what we THINK we want are in fact abstracts. They are grandiose ideas that in and of themselves will not grant us what it is we really want. We want these huge, all-encompassing things that on the surface seem to be our desire, but in truth are actually either the result of what we really want, or only a lesser part of the greater aspiration.

Most of the things we really, truly desire are simple. Amazingly simple. We want to be happy. We want to love. We want to be loved. We want to have material things that ultimately make us feel good. We want good things in our lives to make life better, more efficient and/or more convenient.

The other important thing about what we want to manifest is this: We can ONLY manifest for ourselves. We have no control over the lives or actions of others, and as such we cannot make their lives for them. It can be surprising how often the thing we think we want is not actually about us, but about someone else and how they play in our lives.

Once you know what it is you want, the thing you truly want to manifest, there are three things that have to occur:

One. You have to put the thought into it, you have to see it as a part of your life.

Two. You have to desire it, you have to feel how its presence will make you feel on an emotional level.

Three.   You have to take action, doing things in a manner that will both bring that which you desire to you, and taking actions to help bring it about.

You cannot just pull things out of thin air. Manifestation does not work like that. There has to be a base, and that is why there has to be thought, emotion and action.

There are grand and glorious things some people want. You cannot be President if you do not get involved in politics. You cannot be a best-selling author if you never write a word. You cannot be a singer in a rock band if you are not creating a band.

There are simpler, more practical things some people want. You cannot acquire a new car if you are not looking for one. You cannot find a lover if you are not putting yourself out there. You cannot have the job you desire most if you are not seeking one out.

These are the necessary actions. The Universe will provide, but not from a pure vacuum. You can’t just think it, you can’t just feel it. You have to take action.

I healed from severe injuries FAR beyond and far faster than expected. If I do not show you my scars, you would never know what happened to me. I didn’t just believe I’d heal completely, I didn’t just feel that I would get well, I took action. I pushed through all of the physical and occupational therapy they gave me, and demanded more. I took every action available to me to mend, and thinking, feeling and acting upon it succeeded.

I didn’t just find the car I am currently driving. I needed a new car, I started looking into it, I started making inquiries. Yes, I believed I could make it happen, despite the obstacles in the way of it. Yes, I felt what it would be like to have a more fuel-efficient and sound vehicle. But I also sent e mails and took phone calls and visited the dealership to make it happen. I took actions to make it manifest.

These things I made manifest were both simple and complex on a number of levels. But that is the way the Universe works. I can manifest what I need and what I want, but I can only do so if I employ thoughts, feeling and action together. Alone, none of these will manifest anything but dreams. You must awaken from the dreams in order to think, feel and act upon your desire to make them manifest.

This brings up my final point on this topic. You can dream big, you can dream small, but unless you are awake and aware, you cannot manifest any reality. No matter how simple, complex or both, dreams cannot be reality without being awake and aware of your thoughts, emotions and actions.

What do you want to manifest for yourself?

 

This is the one-hundred forty eighth entry in my series. These weekly posts are specifically about walking along the path of life, and my desire to make a difference in this world along the way. Feel free to re-blog and share.  Thank you for joining me.

The first fifty-two weeks (Year One) of installments of Pathwalking is available in print and for your Kindle.

My writing – Seeker

Coming Thursday to an Amazon dot com near you:

I am proud to announce the forthcoming release of the first book of The Source Chronicles – Seeker.

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Five thousand years ago, a comet was on a collision course with t’Thera. To stop it from destroying life across the planet, all of the wizards and fully realized sorcerers and sorceresses combined their power to arrest its descent, destroying themselves in the process. With their passing, no wizards would rise again, and no sorcerer would ever claim the strength of those lost in The Falling of The Skies.

One mystery from before The Falling would spark wars, and inspire adventurers for five millennia – The Source. The Source is a prophesized relic of sorcerous energies, capable of changing the   destiny of the entire world. And only one will be able to wield this power – The Seeker.

The Seeker does not know that he is an agent of Order, pre-destined to overcome the forces of Chaos. He faces adversities and challenges on numerous levels, and must discover who he is in order to recover from many mistakes if he is to achieve his destiny.

The forces of Chaos are on the march. The Seeker comes to realize that if they overcome the forces of Order, his quest will fail, and the world will never know peace again.

This story began as a scene in my head in 1998. From that once character and setting, I have developed a rich fantasy world with many nuances and unique characteristics.

I completed Seeker many years ago now, and even had it professionally edited. After submitting this to numerous agents, I have decided that it is time to use the new and exciting tools available to me, and to publish this great story on my own.

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Seeker is the first book in a series of five. Source Chronicles Book 2 – Finder, and Book 3 – Harbinger, are both complete, but unedited. Source Chronicles Book 4 – Guardians, is about halfway complete. Book 5 – Healers, has been partially plotted out, and I know where it will go along the way.

The world of The Source Chronicles is so rich, I have already written a short story prequel to Seeker, as well as considered a couple prequel novels covering historic events mentioned throughout the primary series.

I am very, very excited to finally be able to share this with a wide audience! Seeker is Young Adult Fantasy, suitable for not only adults, but teenagers around age fifteen and up.

Seeker will be available both in print, and for the Kindle as of Thursday, October 30th. If you have enjoyed my blog, please support my first love and get your own copy of Seeker – and tell your friends!

Thank you for all of your support!

Positivity: Completion

Completion of a project is a wonderful feeling.

You may or may not have a deadline, but when you have a project you are putting your heart and soul into, getting it done feels wonderful.

When you are under pressure, and you have a job that needs to be completed, it can be a stressful situation. Not necessarily negative, but its possible that it lacks in positive, too.

But when it is finished…when the end is in sight, and you know that all of your hard work is about to pay off – that is a feeling of incredible positivity. When you think you’ve given all that you’ve got, when you have put a ton of work into that project, the positive energy boost you get from completing it is amazing.

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We have all experienced this across our lives. That homework project in school that challenged us. That detailed work of art we meticulously detailed. That work project finished that got us appreciated and recognized. All of these completions generate positive energies.

Sometimes along the way you feel like it will never be done. You are pressured by a deadline, you are frustrated because all the necessary elements of whatever it is are not coming together. You persevere, and when you finish what you started, and you achieve that completion – it all feels worthwhile.

You get that great sense of relief, of pride at your accomplishment. You feel good about having finished what you started, and you can prepare to take on whatever comes your way next.

We do not give ourselves enough credit for a job well done. Certainly humility has its place, but not at the expense of enjoying a moment of well-earned self-congratulations. We deserve to recognize our own accomplishments, we just need to know the line between enjoying the fruits of our labors and bragging and overwrought self-aggrandizement.

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I have been hard-at-work on a project for several weeks now. The end is almost in sight, I have nearly completed what I set out to do, and I feel elated that I will soon meet my goal. It is not the goal itself I want to share here, it is the sense of positivity, the good energy I am feeling that I want to share. I want you to feel good about your next completed project, and so I share the positivity I am experiencing from mine.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that reaching the completion of a given project feels good, we need to be open to allowing ourselves to enjoy that sensation. Allowing ourselves to enjoy the sense of accomplishment from a completed project and relishing in the good feelings will dissolve negative feelings. When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for. Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.

 

This is the thirty ninth entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.

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How can you tell if you are straying from your path…or if your path is straying from you?

This is a new idea I am exploring. How can you tell when you are off your path, or if in fact it is your path that is off?

While you may have chosen a given path, as I have mentioned time and again paths will shift. They will be filled with bumps and twists and turns. Seldom are they straight, and because of this it can be easy to stray from the path you intend to be on.

If you get caught up in the routine, even the routine of your own choosing, and you fail to check in with yourself and how you are thinking, feeling and acting, you may find that you have strayed from your path. Sure you are traveling along on your journey, but you are on a grassy knoll and you see your path winding along beside you.

This is how you can tell that you have strayed from your path. You may no longer be upon it, but you can still see it, still shift easily over to it. Presuming that you are on the right path after all, you can readily make the necessary adjustments to return to it.

Now if you have been constantly checking in with how you are thinking, feeling and acting, and you have been cautious to travel with all the twists and turns and bumps and shifts of the path…yet you see the path has veered off somehow where you did not intend for it to go, your path may be straying from you.

Why? How does the path you are on stray?

Let’s say you are on the path to that promotion at work. You are doing all the right things, you are getting commendations and compliments and tons of positive feedback. Your path is clear, you have gone with the flow and handled every obstacle and misstep…

And then you get laid off due to downsizing.

You did not stray from that path – that path strayed from you.

This is a more literal example, as more often than not this occurrence will likely be much more subtle in the overall notion of Pathwalking. But that is how a path may stray from you. In this literal instance, of course, there is no returning to THAT path. So – you choose anew.

What’s the difference between this and you straying from the path?

I have been told by other writers that there are several types of writers. Two in particular have been brought to my attention. The first is the Planner. The planner plots out every twist and turn in the story, outlines his or her chapters, has a precise intent for every word that will be put on the page.

Then there is the Pantser. This is a writer who writes by the seat of his or her pants, so to speak. There is likely no plot outline, only the loosest, most vague notion of plot, and you go where your world, your characters and the story you are trying to tell takes you.

I am the latter. I write by the seat of my pants. I have written five novels to date that began with a character or characters and a scene, and from there I end up with a whole story and a convoluted but interesting plot. I don’t know until I have written it what a character might do, I may find myself writing out a scene I never expected, and the plot may not become fully clear til I am two-thirds of the way through my work.

I set a course, I have a path…and I stray from it. It may be that I can easily jump back to it, or it may require analysis for me to determine if it needs to be changed.

Once again, this is a literal example, and in the general concept of Pathwalking what you may encounter will likely be more understated.

In both instances, however, you can take control. If you have strayed from your path, you can choose to return to it. If your path strays from you, you can choose what to do next. Whatever the case may be, it is important that you not just let your chosen path carry you along. You need to keep in constant communication with yourself.

That means you need to examine along the way how you are feeling, what you are thinking, and how you are acting in order to walk the path you have chosen. This is something to be done frequently in order to assure that you are where you intended to be.

This is not a ton of additional work, this is an easily overlooked and neglected aspect of one’s Pathwalk. This is a reminder that you can’t just do this at the start of a path, but all along the journey. Because, as cliché as it may be, the journey is what it is all about.

Do you know how you are feeling, what you are thinking, and how you are acting?

 

This is the one-hundred forty seventh entry in my series. These weekly posts are specifically about walking along the path of life, and my desire to make a difference in this world along the way. Feel free to re-blog and share.  Thank you for joining me.

The first fifty-two weeks (Year One) of installments of Pathwalking is available in print and for your Kindle.

My writing – Website support

Sourcechronicles dot com was the first domain I ever purchased.

I had no idea what to do with it, but when I determined that the name of my novel series would be The Source Chronicles, I decided I needed to own the domain (domains, actually. I acquired both sourcechronicles and thesourcechronicles dot com).

For a long time, I had nothing there. I parked the domain, and let it be. I had taken a basic HTML class years ago, but I was still uncertain what to do. Then a friend gave me Dreamweaver, and I built my first website.

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Sourcechronicles was originally rather pathetic. No real architecture, it was just the grand map of the world, and sample chapters. Over time, I altered that, but it was still very basic, and utterly unprofessional looking.

I purchased more domains along the way, and a friend offered me a basic template I could use. From that template, I was able to build mjblehart dot com, the website for my writing overall; vaporrogues dot com, the website for my unique and original Steampunk world; and the currently defunct website for my own small business, Off the Compass Solutions.

With the coming release of Seeker, I determined it was time to revamp the website. I am not savvy enough to make this do what I really want it to, but I have been able to make it look much cleaner and more interesting.

What does The Source Chronicles need a website for?

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The world I have created is immense. Three continents, more than two dozen nations, each of those with different governments and exports and degrees of wealth and such. I thought it would be interesting to be able to expand upon these things online, since putting it into the book itself would not serve.

I spent hours rebuilding the web page. Though I intend to have it reflect my more grandiose vision for it down the line, using my own limited skills I wanted to make improvements and thus be able to share it.

I hope that it might generate some excitement for the story, and build anticipation for Seeker’s publishing.

Seeker should be available by Thursday, October 30th. Though it is not a horror story, I want to release it in time for one of my favorite holidays, Halloween, and in support of All Hallow’s Read. No, Seeker is not a scary book, but I want be part of anything that supports getting people to give books and read more!

Keep watching this space for more information. Thank you for your continued support.

Positivity: Passion

What are you passionate about?

Passion takes on many forms, far beyond the notions of love and relationships and sex. Passion is a driving force, it is something that drives us to try new things, to explore creative pathways, and to live a life beyond the mundane and every day.

Many of us fall into a pretty set routine. Awaken, go to work, come home, spend some time with family or friends or otherwise in some form of relaxation, go to sleep. Repeat daily. Our passion is relegated to the backseat, to our hobbies, to grandiose ideas that seem insurmountably difficult to obtain.

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I know there are some who live their passion. I want to learn how to live more like they do. I want to enjoy the same positivity they feel in living a life with passion every day.

Passion is a positive force. The drive, the desire, the energy when you are working with that certain something for which you feel good and happy and engaged in life.

What are your passions? Two of mine are writing and photography. All of the photographs I include in this blog are my own, and I love to hike and explore nature and find new visions to capture and share. Writing is my first love, whether it is the weekly blog or the fiction I have been crafting over three-quarters of my life. When I publish these posts or I work on a fantasy world of my devising I am fully engaged in the life around me.

I feel most content, most happy when I am hiking with my camera and looking for that amazing angle and beautiful shot. I have so much energy and joy when I am putting words down and sharing ideas or fictitious characters. These generate some of the most intense, most pleasant positive energies I can experience.

I know what my passions are, do you know yours? Do you give them time, and energy? Do you live a life with passion to fully experience everything you can? Passion is a magnificent force, and if you do not know what moves you, I cannot express how great it can be for you to seek it.

Too many of us get caught up in things that make us unhappy. We let our focus drift to things we are dispassionate about, and find them as draining and daunting as they can be. We let concern and worry and negative emotions sap our strength, and shift our focus from our passions, and as such we unnecessarily struggle.

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How do we break free from this? Give time to passion. Let the things you are passionate about be energized and explored and given life. When we do this we generate more and more positive energy. When we feel more positive, we feel more passionate, and we build a greater and greater cycle of positivity, and thus happiness.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that pursuing our passions generates positive energy, we should give more time to this. Allowing ourselves to focus on that which we are passionate about will dissolve negative feelings. When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for. Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.

 

This is the thirty eighth entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.

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No is not necessarily a negative.

Sometimes along your path, you will have reasons to say no. While we often associate no with negatives, that is not always the case.

There will be times when you need to say no because saying yes will actually lead you down the wrong path.

We live in a world full of extremes. Left and right, liberal and conservative, short and tall, attractive and ugly…take your pick. But in truth, most of us live between the extremes. We might lean to one direction or another, but for the most part we live somewhere in the middle.

Some people can only clearly see one side of the opposite extremes. However, there is seldom just a single aspect to any of the extremes. For example, what to me is beautiful to you is hideous. What I find offensive you find funny. How I view this thing may not be the same as how you do.

No is only negative if you make it a negative, as yes is only positive if you make it so. However, we get so caught up in the messages of the extremes, it can be hard to see the vast potential of either of these concepts.

This has nothing at all to do with the meaning of yes and no. No means no, yes means yes, with very few exceptions. This is not about meaning, this is about intent.

What’s the difference between meaning and intent?

Meaning is how you define yes and no. If I am told “No you cannot touch me” then I cannot touch, just as if I am told “Yes you can borrow that” then I can borrow that. Meaning is the very basic root of these words. To get truly technical, you can define no as an adverb, adjective, noun, verb and more depending on context. That is the meaning.

Intent, however, is a whole other matter. What is the intent of saying no? Is it to prevent a tragedy, to end the travels on a given path, to change course from bad to good? Are you saying no to get out of a negative situation, like a bad relationship, rejecting bad advice, or telling someone to stop interfering with your life? That is intent.

Sometimes no is a positive. Whether I am delivering or receiving that no, it may not be an intended negative. For example, I might get the message “No, that road is closed” and in the process avoid a horrific accident. Or it could be “No, I will not be your friend” and in the process I am separated from someone who would be a drain on my mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. It could even be “No, I don’t like that” and in the process you avoid a matter that could be a distraction or detriment to your choice of paths.

Pathwalking is about taking control of your own life, and your own path. This is a matter of choosing for myself who I want to be, and what I want to get out of my life. While I have constantly explained that positivity in this process is unbelievably important, that does not mean that everything needs to come up yes.

In order to discover your path, you are going to encounter false starts. You will from time to time walk down blind allies. As such, you will need to say “No, not this path” and choose anew. This is an example of a positive no – because you can make a fresh and better start.

Our choices are infinite. It does not always feel that way. Sometimes, it feels like all you ever get is no. Listen to the message, but don’t get hung up on the meaning, understand the intent. No does not mean negativity, it just means explore and possibly change your course.

In tarot cards, Death is not literal – it is change. When the Death card is drawn, it means that change is coming, not actual, literal death. Likewise, when the answer is no, it may not be a negative opposing where you want to go, but an embodiment of your need for change, and support for that.

Know the intent when the answer is no. It could be the difference between simply walking the path, and knowing the path.

When has saying no proven positive for you?

 

This is the one-hundred forty sixth entry in my series. These weekly posts are specifically about walking along the path of life, and my desire to make a difference in this world along the way. Feel free to re-blog and share.  Thank you for joining me.

The first fifty-two weeks (Year One) of installments of Pathwalking is available in print and for your Kindle.

My writing

I started to write fantasy and sci-fi when I was nine years old.

My first completed work was 50 pages, illustrated sci-fi. I still have the original and a color copy around here somewhere.

I have numerous other projects that have been started, some finished, some not. These span across elementary school, middle school, high school, college and beyond.

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I have been an active writer for over 30 years. I have written a vast amount of fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, Steampunk, poetry, philosophy, political and social commentary, business works and more. I have had two short stories published in anthologies, and self-published the first year of Pathwalking in book and e-book form.

My first love has always been sci-fi and fantasy. Back in 1998, I had a scene pop into my head. I wrote it, then a follow-up, then another, and another. Before long it was a story. Soon that story evolved into a novel, and the novel would in time evolve into an entire series.

The Source Chronicles came into being, and I plotted out a prophecy that drove the series, broken into four parts, one for each book. I completed the first book, and the second, then reached a point where the third was so large that I decided to split it in half, and re-wrote the prophecy into five parts to accommodate the added book.

To set the world upon a course,

to free these lands of War and Strife,

Comes the finding of The Source,

for which The Seeker comes to life.

Wizardry and Sorcery forthwith return,

though seemingly forgotten, they hath yet endured.

Before the Falling, when the lands did burn,

long ago was The Source made thusly secured.

Order of Chaos is the rite of The Source,

Chaos of Order brings neigh but remorse.

And only the Seeker shall know it Discovered,

for only The Seeker may wield The Source.

Knowledge of Wizardry will be recovered,

returned to the world with great show of force.

The Source is Knowledge,

and Knowledge is The Source.

The first book, Seeker, was professionally edited several years ago. Since then, I have submitted inquiries to numerous agents in the hope of finding representation. This was the way I was told was best to become published professionally. It is a slow, often frustrating process, and you have to have a pretty thick skin to accept the mostly impersonal rejections you receive.

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Times have changed. The ability to self-publish one’s work has not only become easier, but frankly with print-on-demand and e-publishing, it is almost unbelievably simple.

I have been sitting on Seeker for a long time now. It has been mostly ready for an audience for many years.

I have determined that the time to self-publish my work is here.

I am going over the proof of Seeker – The Source Chronicles Book I, intent on its publication at the end of October. It will be available exclusively via Amazon.com, both in book and Kindle form (to open it to an even wider audience would make the purchase of the book cost-prohibitive, hence the exclusivity).

I am publishing this under my own imprint, Argent Hedgehog Press.

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I have loved this story since I began it so many years ago, and I think the time has come to share it. Seeker is fantasy suited for Adults and Young Adults, age 15 and up.

If you have enjoyed Pathwalking and Positivity, as well as my social and political blog posts, I think you will find my fiction an exciting and interesting escape. I hope you will enjoy reading this fiction as much as the rest of my writing, and that you will support my commercial endeavors as much as you have supported my weekly writing here.

I will post updates as I get closer to the publication date.  Thank you for your support!

Positivity: Negativity

Negativity is a fact of life.

Without negativity, we cannot experience positivity. While it is important to find positivity and to feel positive as you go through life, denying the existence of the negative is an unhealthy option.

There are always extremes and extremists in the world. Good and evil, light and dark, tall and short, old and young, and so on and so forth. Most of us will live between the extremes, in the grey area, the middle ground, the multitude of colors across the spectrum and such.

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While we generally live in the in-between of the extremes, most of us will lean one way or another. But in order to know what our options are, we need to be cognizant of these extremes. We need to know how these will effect us, and what that will mean in our lives.

This is why positivity is so very important. If you focus on the negativity of the world, you draw more of that to you. What you put your energy towards is what you are going to manifest along the way. This is why focusing on the positive is a means to draw more to ourselves.

While for the most part negativity is undesirable, largely because it will not make us feel good, sometimes it is still necessary. Sometimes we need to experience the negatives to know that a situation is not good for us, that a relationship is failed, that the paths we have chosen for our lives are sub-optimal. So for these reasons the negativity is in fact a positive thing.

I recognize that this is a paradox, but it is also proof as to why it is important to live between the extremes of the universe. When the negative happens, you get to choose how you will react to it, and what you do with it. You get to choose if you will continue to focus on the negativity and give it more power and energy, or if you will change your focus to the more positive, and give that your energies.

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Positivity feels good. Negativity does not feel good. I do not know anyone who does not want to feel good. That stated, then it is a logical conclusion that a positive attitude is better for our mental, spiritual, emotional and even physical health than a negative attitude. However, negativity still serves an important purpose in our world: showing the opposite extreme.

Though it is not a place to dwell, the negative can still be a generator for the positive.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that negativity cannot be avoided or eliminated, you can choose how to react to it on a case by case basis. There are numerous reasons to experience negativity, but you can choose whether to enrobe yourself in negative feelings or positive ones. When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for. Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.

 

 

This is the thirty seventh entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.

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