24 Nov Pollyanna
Pol·ly·an·naˌpälēˈanə/noun 1. an excessively cheerful or optimistic person. (I had no idea this had become a noun in the dictionary!)
Pollyanna was a best-selling 1913 novel by Eleanor H. Porter made into a Disney film in 1960. Anyone who actually remembers seeing it, might remember it as a silly, corny, feel-good movie; simplistic in its message and delivery. However as I’ve grown older, I’m hereby confessing that I purchased the movie and have made it my go-to movie when I’ve had a particularly negative day! When I’ve shared this with a few of my colleagues, they gasp in disbelief or roar with laughter (both the fact of it, and then that I’m admitting it)!
Why would I ever admit this in a public forum? Well, why not? There are countless things we can do to change our thoughts, change what we’re focusing on. But it’s knowing that it matters that we do, that would have us WANT to change our thinking. How many cumulative hours have I spent ruminating, angry, finger-pointing, victimized? It’s amazing how little it accomplishes, even if I get agreement from others. It keeps me in a negative frame of mind. And that’s not terribly productive, nor conducive to having others want to hang out with me.
I came across this tiny little pamphlet, The 7 Day Mental Diet by Dr. Emmet Fox. It’s VERY COOL! Only 15 pages (4″x6″), and suggests altering our trajectory by spending 7 days deliberately eliminating negative thoughts. And if you need to know why, the science behind what our thoughts do to us, I HIGHLY recommend Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin (this is more about the connection of our body’s physiological response to our thinking in terms of healing) or Daniel Amen’s Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. These last two books are great for those who require scientific evidence for claims that are not discussed in everyday medicine.
The bottom line is that our thoughts create our reality, not vice-versa. And that means that we have a lot of say over the experience of our lives. And back to Pollyanna creating the Glad Game – finding something to be glad about in any circumstance, certainly is a game worth considering!