“Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys.”—Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I am happy to announce that, two days ago, I turned in the manuscript for E-Cubed. Can someone give me a loud and hearty “woot-woot!”
Tomorrow I’m heading to Hamburg for the first of a couple talks at Hay House Ignite conferences in Germany and London. If you’re anywhere near, please come by and say hello!! I’ll be joining Robert Holden, Mastin Kipp, Gabby Bernstein and Jessica Ortner in what is sure to be a rousing weekend that I guarantee will include dancing.
Next week, I’ll be back home and ready to resume blogging. So stay tuned and, in the meantime, here’s a quick post from the annals:
Before entering the hospital room of a tuberculosis patient, visitors are required to cover their entire bodies. They even don surgical gloves and face masks.
None of us balk at this seemingly overcautious behavior. We don’t want to catch tuberculosis. It’s contagious, for goodness sake. Of course, we’d go to great lengths to avoid being exposed.
Yet, we never protect ourselves from the bad news we see on television, the horrible reports we read in the newspaper. What we see on the nightly news is nothing like what we see in our own neighborhoods. The new media presents a grossly-distorted picture, an anomaly.
And, unfortunately, that picture of “America, the Ugly” is every bit as contagious and as damaging as those tuberculosis germs.
Poet and novelist Maya Angelou goes so far as to call negativity poison. She is vigilant in protecting herself from negative conversation. If she hears what she calls “a poisonous comment,” she quickly says “sayonara” and doesn’t feel a bit guilty about it. If anyone starts in at her home, she asks them to leave.
“If you allow it (negativity) to perch in your house, in your mind, in your life, it can take you over. So when rude or cruel things are said, I say, ‘Take it all out of my house.’ Those negative words climb into the wood and into the furniture and the next thing they’ll be on my skin,” she says.
She prefers what Paul said in his letter to the Corinthians. They wrote complaining about old men who were chasing young women, about church members who refused to tithe. And he wrote back, “If there be anything of good report, speak of these things.”
Your thoughts are magic. Not one of them goes unheeded by the universe. Whatever it is you think and feel the great universal energy stands up and says, “I second it.”
Why cast your spotlight in dirty corners? Why focus on negativity?
Our thought about ourselves, about our world, about our relationships create our reality. In a landmark physics experiment, researchers who theorized that light waves were curvy found curvy light waves. And those who deduced light waves were straight as Billy Graham? They found Billy Graham-straight light waves.
Who needs a mind reader or a psychologist to dredge up an unburied unconscious? If you want to know what there’s just take a look around. It’s all right there in living color. If you see dysfunctional relationships, finances that are always a struggle, a word of snotty sales clerks, then that’s what you’re spending your time thinking about. In fact, the thoughts come first.
Change your thought and your focus and you can literally change your world.
Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.
Woot-Woot!! Congrats! Can’t wait to read it.
Awesome truth. I need to read this every day. A few years ago I broke my news addiction and turned it off. Now I only choose comedies, as I am prone to depression, and on chemotherapy for life. You are so correct that the news distorts reality & makes the world look like a bad place, when in truth people are basically good and people living in the poorest of countries have learned to live a life of joy!
Pam – Just got the blog that you are leaving tomorrow. Did not hear from you regarding the talks but assumed your life was upended. I read about Rachel. I’m so sorry.
When are you back?
If you want — just asking — I can e-mail you ideas. How long are the talks? And any info on the audience? Just an offer. You’ve been through so much I’d like to help however I can.
And, this may sound strange, I’ve had 3 people tell me they e-mailed me and I dod not receive. Want to make sure I didn’t miss one from you, especially if asking ….
Take care. sjk
Woot Woot! Congratulations on the E-Cubed manuscript, as well as your upcoming weekend with fellow Hay Housers. This is definitely positive news to share. So happy for you!
I totally agree. It’s funny you mention the scene about TB in a hospital. My mother worked in a hospital and she had to go into a patient’s room. Well she didn’t see the sign that the patient had TB! She had to get tested but luckily she never contracted it. I don’t think she was ever truly worried about getting it and she didn’t. It’s the same way with news that we shouldn’t really care what goes on because it is so negative. I feel like this is something that I need to do is to stay away from social media because I wake up to seeing negative things 🙁 Thanks for the reminder.
Loved e-squared, so looking forward to e-cubed… 🙂
Dear Pam, you are helping me day by day. I am so excited about your new book. Thank you for everything! Send you my love from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Lots of giant Woo-Hoos! xx
See ya Sunday Pam
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Congrats Pam on the new book!! I’m looking forward to it. Also, thanks for pointing out about the negativity… if it wasn’t in my vibration to start with, I wouldn’t have the negativity in my face! lol Tells me to clean up my vibration so LOA will show me the positive stuff.
WOOT-WOOT!!!!! Great news on E-Cubed!!!!! Great news on your trip!!!! Safe travels !!:):):) Your post was a wonderful way to start the day :):):)!!!
As a relative new comer to E Squared, I am very excited to read E Cubed Woot Woot bring it on
Congratulations! E-Cubed will be a hit, I’m certain. Looking forward to it.
I remember this awesome post! And CONGRATULATIONS on finishing E-Cubed. It’ll be another bestseller, I’m sure. Blessings, Pam.
Amen Pammy!!!! love your posts, so upllifting..such a timely reminderCome get your boogie on in New Zealand! Deb Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2014 02:05:31 +0000 To: email@example.com
Love the comparison between the full on isolation garb for TB and the nonchalance with which the deep poison of negativity is generally received! And Woohoo!! Very excited about E-Cubed !! Joy !
several years ago, when I was going through a divorce, I realized that I really needed to take away anything negative, because, hello, I was already depressed – I stopped watching news (and reading too) at that point. I haven’t missed it, not one bit. I try hard to remember that when I click on something sensational or negative on social media, that I am potentially poisoning my mind… excellent reminders – and woot, woot, on your book!! I will be one of the first in line to purchase – very excited for you and yours –
Whoot Whoot Pam, Have a safe trip!!!
Just discovered you, aren’t I lucky! Thank you.
You’re book is such a delight to read, so glad to have found you. It
is so fun and uplifting and direct to the bones:)
That is such good news. I can’t wait to get a copy to read and share!!