The project has begun. I am embarking on Building a Wholehearted Community. In her book Love 2.0: Finding Happiness and Health in Moments of Connection, Dr Barbara Fredericton talks about the “broaden and build” principle that happens as people connect in positive ways with one another and experience positive emotions, like live, hope joy, generosity and many others. I believe that when people are happier and more positive everyone in the community benefits. My project aims to broaden and build this hope within our community using the principles and skills of positivity. I believe we live in a culture that is marinated in “negativity”. The culture’s negative message surrounds us in the advertisements which tell us we are not beautiful enough, smart enough, loving enough and good enough. Daily the news and other media highlight the things which are bad, gruesome, wrong and hurtful, even sensationalizing it. And unless we recognize how these messages are influencing our thinking, the confusion, distraction and frustrating “dis-stress” they bring will continue to slowly erode our courage, compassion and connection to one another. My passion is to help people in my community see how they might more fully realize a “wholehearted life” by learning to use the skills of “shame residence”, “positivity” and “happiness” to overcome the culture’s negative influence. The Apostle Paul said,”Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things.” My project seeks to spread the benefits of “thinking on these things”. We will show others the benefits of using very easy, very simple, small, daily or regular positive skills. We will communicate how these skills can make a positive impact on one person, one family and whole communities. If I tell one person or two people, and they each tell someone, we can spread this message. We can help others gain the practices they can use to bless their own lives as well as the lives of others. I will be sharing more about this project right here at Upwithpositivity.com.
How does a sunny spring day make you feel? Even when it is cold but sunny, it seems to add a brightness to my mood. Sunny days seem to hold out so many more possibilities. Could it be that the darkness of gray overcast days really keep us from seeing the great details that add a vibrancy and excitement to life in our world. Our eyes just seem to soak in the light and our bodies bask in the vitamins that enrich our whole being.
However, changing a bad mood into a good mood is not as easy as walking out into the sunshine and breathing in the cool fresh air of spring. The process is a little more complex than that. The sunshine may produce a chemical reaction when out skin or eyes sense its presence, which then may tell the brain to release other chemicals into our blood stream. And yes, this is where it becomes more complex because if there are no receptors within the body to “feel” those chemicals the process stops and our mood remains unchanged. Or the change is so small it’s not recognized. Or the change does not happen because there are too few receptors and now the body must produce more receptors, so the “feeling can be felt” and registered as change.. If I’ve lost you by this point in this convoluted process do not become stressed because even though I may not be clear about the way it works, just know that it does. Yet, also know that the process of changing a mood is not that simple and it takes time. In our instant everything world, however, finding the patience to allow the process time to happen just derails the process even more, so relax. Get some sunshine and enjoy the feeling, anyway!.
Just six pages so far and I am hooked. My sister gave me a book yesterday titled, “JOY,INC; How We Built a Workplace People Love” by Richard Sheridan.” I’ve read the “Preface to the Paperback Edition”, the Introduction and the first six pages and I am excited and can’t wait to learn what this author has to teach. If everything I’ve been learning about positivity and and hope for our lives and world is true than this books looks to take those principles into the workplace. Dogs are an animal that seems to relish their life of JOY! The one thing I believe to be true is that it all starts with me, the one person I have any control over. One of the challenges I have is the recognition that joy, laughter, hope and all things positive are missing in our lives but we have been deluded into believe they are impossible to achieve and if we do they are really not that important to the grand scheme of life. I disagree! I believe these are the very realities that will make the difference for humanity’s well being.
In a later post, I hope to share with you the lessons and skills I’ve learned as I read this book. As information and knowledge increase in our world it is harder and harder for each of us to assimilate it all so that we can put it into use, so I hope my little thoughts and discussion can bring this good information out into a wider audience so that more people can benefit from it. If you learn one new thing that bring a benefit to your life then my purpose for this blog will be served.
I took this picture on Mackinaw Island looking east toward Lake Huron. Is it just a natural rock formation? Or is it several natural rocks that have been piled up on one another? Each one of the words in bold above has a dictionary definition. The picture may also be helpful in discovering the meaning of the words as long as you recognize the connection between the words and the picture. But, what would happen if the picture didn’t have anything to do with the words on this page? Everyday our brain in coordination with our eyes, memory and thought processes are making choices about meaning based not only on the words, ink on pages or pixels on a screen but also what we’ve learn about the meaning of those words. If I were not able to remember those meanings, these words and the letters that bring the words and pictures together would not communicate or provide any type of information. Yet, having learned the meaning on some day in the past, today we take this process of reading, understanding and being informed for granted. If we were blind, we’d have to rely on someone else’s description to pain a mental picture and bring meaning to us.
Having typed these words, what is the underlying message? People naturally take much they’ve come to know in the past for granted. The processes that were not so easy as a small child are now forgotten until we are faced with learning something really new. Remember, back then learning new stuff came naturally as we were like sponges soaking in things about our world. Then we didn’t ask if and when that stuff would be useful, we just enjoyed the journey. Friends, that’s the real lesson we adults need. Just enjoy learning new things. It’s fun!