Okay, so I touched on this pet peeve in a past post, but now I have been incensed enough that I feel it is necessary to devote a whole post to ranting about it. Yay for soapboxes. Getting straight to the point, I can't stand those bloody happy-go-lucky people. I don't mind optimism and a general good spirit, but when we let it blind us to our potential and the potential of the world it just is annoying.
This is one of the few things I will use to discriminate against people. Honestly, I am a hundred and thirty-seven times (totally random number) less likely to be someone's friend if they so much as talk like one of those "The Secret" brain-washed crazies.
And yes, I avoid these people like the plague. They destroy otherwise good conversation and philosophy on almost every level. It is like they are constantly at that awkward point in a conversation when someone asks "Why?" and someone responds, "Because I believe it is so!"
So, I do believe that, to an extent, if you are thinking positively you will find that your life becomes better. The key phrase is "to an extent".
Sorry if I am a dream crusher, but I can fairly well guarantee that you will not get everything you want just because you spend your whole day thinking, "I am so happy with those million dollars I found on the sidewalk while going to work and then how I discovered that the hot guy at the coffee shop is really the long lost son of a billionaire and he actually fell in love with me the first time I ordered a Vanilla Nutmeg Latte with skim milk and cinnamon." Especially if you have only been to that coffee shop once and never even tried to talk to the barista. Too damn bad. Put some energy out in the physical sense of the word and then you will get some good mojo back.
Bilbo Baggins once said, "It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might be swept off to."
Y'all want to get swept off your feet, don't you? Preferably by a gorgeous man/woman, right? GET ON THE ROAD! Hell, open the bloody door at least. Maybe, just maybe, something will eventually get blown in by the wind. I have to admit that I believe the real reason my life seems so much better up here than it did down in CA is because I have the freedom to just go out onto the road without worrying about what my mother will say when I return at 4 in the morning.
Oh and by the way, food for thought you guys. Some people believe that if you are positive and think optimistically all the time good things will happen to you. Let me reveal one of the main reasons this is usually true. Warning scientists, back up because this is some serious logic that has no need for testing. That's why it is called common sense. Consider this scenario.
Jackie walks down the hallway where Michael is putting up decorations for the school dance. Michael is always a klutz and falls from the ladder and lands hard on the floor taking up the whole hallway and nearly crushing Jackie.
Jackie: Oh no! Mikey! Are you alright? Do you need help?
Michael: Naw, it's okay. I'm fine. This happens a lot. Thanks though.
Two hours go by and in a different hallway the same scenario happens only this time it is Melissa who is walking by.
Melissa: MOVE BITCH!
Now, Melissa and Jackie both had a rough day, but Jackie is all into that positive thinking stuff while Melissa is a straight forward girl who takes her issues out on other people.
Michael ended up asking Jackie to the dance rather than Melissa, even though he had been debating which one he should ask.
Now, Jackie thinks that this is because she has more positive thoughts than her rival, Melissa, but as you can see, that has nothing to do with it at all.
People who are around us facilitate much of our experiences, so it is only reasonable that if we are nice to them we will reap benefits because they will feel like being nice to us. It doesn't matter how depressed you are feeling that day or if you think that your grandmother will die of cancer tomorrow. If you are nice to the person on the bus, they will be likely to warn you that your wallet dropped out of your purse rather than just stealing it. (Disclaimer: This is still unlikely to occur in places like Stockton or New York. Don't be dumb and always check your wallet's location, no matter how nice you are to that thug/hobo/psychopath sitting next to you.)
Most of what I would like to say is said in that animated talk. Seriously, just because you think the world will mold to your thoughts doesn't mean that you can simply ignore what the world really is doing. And to add onto that, giving sad people false hope is cruel and inhumane. Be REALISTIC everybody. If you are thinking about all the good things you have, you will be happy with what you have. If you are aware of all the bad things that could happen but still don't obsess over them, you will be prepared for what the world throws at you. Trust me, the world respects survival skills. One word: Darwinism. Those Madagascar finches didn't think the bugs into their stomachs, only the ones who figured out how to use what they had naturally were able to survive.
No, Karma won't take care of all your problems.
No, you can not visualize a Ferrari into your front driveway if you spend all day playing WoW.
No, the Universe doesn't care how many times you look in the mirror and say "I am model thin, but still retain my large chest." That really doesn't burn too many calories.
Yeah, much of mojo is like this. There are those laws of sympathy that we often lean on for support and we do a TON of visualization and ritualistic chanting and sacred drama, but the best mojomaker knows that even if they work a hundred spells to help them learn Anatomy, if they never open a book, there is no way in any world that those spells will have a chance to work. And no matter how many times they try to tell themselves that nothing in this world is evil, there will still be evil deeds that need to be bloody handled. Quickly.
Don't be dumb and happy. Know your stuff, and maybe someone else's. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.