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The Three R’s

October 22, 2014

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Optimism is a mental attitude that interprets situations and events as having the best possible outcome and includes the hope that your future will unfold in an optimum way as well.

There are three stuck points, I call these the Three R’s, that can stifle your ability to feel optimistic and can zap your emotional, spiritual and physical energy if you allow them to;

  • Rehashing- rehashing is the tendency to think about your past in negative ways such as remembering and stewing on negative events that happened in your childhood
  • Resentment-Holding onto and nurturing grudges and feelings of anger
  • Regret-beating yourself up about things you could have, should have, or would have done differently if only ________(blank).

The Three R’s can interfere with your ability to recognize and celebrate the good in your life in the present and the hope you have for your future.Becoming aware of your stuck points can help you get out of your own way to break negative thinking patterns that do not serve you so you can begin to use your energy more wisely, more fully and more effectively, and to begin to experiencing joy more fully.

TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.  What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
― Howard Zinn 

Copyright 2014 Robin B. O’Grady

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