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Do You Really Want to Worry About That?

Well, I’m back on the blog after my last impulse took me into dreamland on the couch for over an hour. Whew!

Just saw a headline on my Google News home page with a link to a Huffington Post article titled 7 Things About The Economy Everyone Should Be Worried About.

“Really?” I wondered. “Everybody should be worried about that? I don’t think so.”

Now I’ll let my fingers do the walking and see what my inner (outer?) experts say:

“Ask your self, ‘Is that worth worrying about?’ You may respond yes or you may respond no.

We wonder why anyone would want to worry about anything. Does it ever feel good to worry? It doesn’t seem that way.

We wonder what it would be like for you to be worry-free for one day. Are you willing to try that? Maybe you’ll need to tune out the news media, some of your favorite TV shows, some of your family and friends, your co-workers and anyone and anything else that may tempt you and trick your mind into worrying. Of course, no one and no thing can ever make you worry. That’s all up to you, isn’t it?

Perhaps you could create a worry-free zone in your home, a sacred place that is used for peaceful thinking, happy talk, and positively inspiring actions. You could start right here, right now, right where you are sitting at your computer.

Read this positive affirmation and then close your eyes and take three deep, gentle breaths: “All Is Well.”

How did that feel?

Do it again.

How did that feel?

Do it again.

Notice if you try to contradict that statement. Notice if you find something to think about other than All Is Well. Do you see how worrying can start?

You are so brilliant. Change your mind – change your way of thinking – and you will find that everything is well, all ways, even in what you may call the most dire of circumstances.

Try it. You may like it.”

By the way, I read the Huffington Post article. There is nothing to worry about.

Amen.

Today I am grateful for ‘bad’ news, ideas that excite and inspire me, unusual and interesting business propositions, prosperous new business opportunities, unlimited love that flows to me and through me all ways, a continuing commitment to practice what I teach, my book agent, editor and publisher, a quiet apartment, my computer, my hands, and our beautiful Earth.

Thanks and peace to all!

Joe

Googling for Optimism in the Media

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Please help! I am fishing for optimistic stories in the media. I want to see a headline and read a story (non-fiction) in a leading newspaper or magazine that is inspiring, full of encouragement and the audacity of hope. I Googled ‘Optimism in the Media’ and found this story: Scanning Headlines: Sure, Optimism Is Great, But Pessimism Sells. The title of that 2003 post says it all. Who sells optimism in these times of economic crisis, war, and global warming? Disney? That’s a bit pessimistic now isn’t it. Sorry, Bambi. It looks like I might have to fish in deeper waters.

My interest in this topic was spurred by my month- long intention to be Radically Open to new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving, and also by a curious, true story of ‘rejection’ that a normally optimistic friend told me.

Sarah called on Tuesday to tell me that the uplifting story she was asked to submit to a journalist’s blog about her sudden and seemingly radical career change a few years ago (featuring your’s truly as shamanic healer/coach) was promptly rejected on the grounds that it was “not ‘practical’ enough”. The journalist felt that readers “were bogged down by the signs of the times.” Who could possibly want to read a happy tale when one could choose from an abundance of bad ones?

Dr. Wayne Dyer once spoke about how the things we have hanging on the walls of our home affect our energy. Beautiful, peaceful images, whether looked at or not, always reflect their “good vibes” onto us and make us feel good. Dr. Masaru Emoto theorized that water is affected by positive and negative thoughts or words. In Dr. Emoto’s studies, positive words helped to create beautiful water crystals, and negative words created water crystals that were distorted.

Each day I walk directly past at least five newsstands in Manhattan. Lately I’ve been bombarded by headlines that scream: Crisis! Disaster! Recession! Sometimes I glance at the headlines, sometimes I don’t. No matter what, I truly believe that the energy that each headline emits is having some subtle effect on me and the more than eight million people who travel into and around New York City throughout the week. And what happens when those people watch TV news, or listen to the radio, or log onto their computers? How much bad news are we being subjected to?

Let’s start a revolution. Let’s start a good news revolution. Today, at least once, share a story of hope with a friend. Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Vistor Hansen is filled with inspirational stories (and those guys got rich and famous by sharing those tales). Tell a co-worker a funny joke. Call your parents and tell them you love them. Spread the good word: Optimism is Possible and Welcome Here Now. Amen!

Peace!

Joe