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Posts Tagged ‘positive energy’

Bozo The Clown

Posted by terrepruitt on September 19, 2013

Some of you might remember Bozo the Clown.  He was a clown character in the 1960’s.  There have been a few people who played the Bozo the Clown character.  Seems as if Larry Harmon might have been the most popular or recognizable.  I honestly don’t remember watching a TV show with Bozo.  But I do remember the name Bozo the Clown.  I grew up with it being used as a phrase as in -doing something (your walking/talking/acting)- like Bozo the Clown.  I do remember a Bozo the Clown toy.  I don’t remember if I owned it or where I experienced it, but I do know I have punched it way back when.  It was a toy that was three or four feet tall and made of blow up type of plastic.  It was shaped like a long skinny potato, but with a wider bottom than top.  And the bottom was weighted.  It had sand in it.  It was a punch “bag”.  It sat on the ground and you punched it and it would “fall” backwards, but then pop right back up.  I was reminded of it recently when I decided I normally was like that.  Ya know where things just come at you, and you might go down for a second from the initial “punch”, but you just pop right back up with a smile on your face.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaIt is not always easy to pop back up with a smile, especially when it seems as if there are a lot of “punches” in a row.  Or a lot of BIG life changing “punches”.  But I generally try to examine a situation then focus on the positive.  With so much positive I don’t feel it is appreciative and in the correct spirit of things to just remain negative for a long time.

In my examination of things I usually look at it, I might do some research I might learn somethings I might have been happier not knowing.  Then my exam could include crying about it or yelling about it or dancing about it or talking about it.  Whatever.  But I try to let it go or let it be, or accept it and really focus on all the great things going on.  I also don’t like to have one negative moment or happening dictate my day and say it is a BAD day.  Recently though, I just had a day when I decided to take the day off.  I decided to stay down.  I wasn’t going to pop back up with that smiley face.  I still did not label my day as a bad day, but I just didn’t fight against the grump and the negative and the rude and the annoying and the inconsiderate.  I just said, “Today, I am not going to be Polly Positive.  I am not going to pop up smiling.  Today I am gonna kinda pout about the crap that was thrown on me.  I am just gonna let it stick and just go about my day all stinky.”

It was interesting.  I am not going to say it was good or bad, just interesting.  I will say that I felt it was a lot less exhausting.  I mean fighting against all the crap everyday, all the time . . . .whew, gets tiring.  But as I type this I am reminded that I don’t do it by myself.  I do get energy from other sources so that helps.  The same sources that are the energy on some days can be the source of the “punches” on some others days, again, normally, that is fine  – but it was nice to have the day off.

I woke up the next day back up and ready for some more “punches”.  It was kind of a little reset.  As if the sand got off to one side and stuck Bozo down.  But the day off was the shift and here we go again.

How about you?  What do you think?  Ever have a day where you just decide to let it stick?

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Positive Denial and Realistic Negativity

Posted by terrepruitt on May 7, 2013

There is such a thin line in regards to so many things.  I recently was listening to a song called “The Thin Line Between Love And Hate.” and while I don’t necessarily believe that, I do believe there is a thin line between being positive and being in denial and being realistic and being negative.  Well, maybe the line is not so thin, but there is a difference.  I believe that a positive attitude can help with a lot of things.  It can help make a situation better.  It can defuse a situation.  It can allow for more positive things to happen.  It can heal.  But at the same time it is important to not be in denial of a situation.  Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaEven if there is acknowledgement at some point and then you chose to never look at the situation again because you are concentrating on being positive.  I think that is somewhat ok.  As long as you know somewhere deep inside and can face it when and if you need to.  Then, there is also being realistic.  With some things you just have to face the facts.  It is good to know what is going on.  It is important to know the situation, but that doesn’t mean you are being negative.  There could be a situation in which it is important to look at the facts and make decisions based on those facts even if those “facts” are actually POSSIBLE consequences or outcomes.  Even if they are less than favorable.  I choose to be realistic, but then not dwell on it.  I think dwelling on the less than favorable stuff becomes negative.  And negativity doesn’t really get you anywhere.  It blocks positive energy.  To me, it thwarts your power.  But again . . . there are fine lines between all of this.  And everyone has different limits.  It is so difficult to know people’s limits and their lines.

There could be a situation where you happen to be with the person at their point of being so positive you might think they are in denial.  Sometimes you have to wait these times out to see.  Sometimes it could be that the person will just function better being in that constant endless state of denial.  Sometimes they are just doing what they feel they need to do to get through the situation.  Sometimes they know, but they are being positive.

And it could also be that you happen to be with the person in their state of recognizing and coming to terms with reality and it might appear as if they are super duper negative.  I like to wait that out a bit too.  I am usually so eager to be the cheerleader and start with the “positives” but I also think it is good to be realistic, but I don’t like to “stay” there. In some instances, I feel that I need to not contribute to the reality and just let them state their beliefs or facts they know to be true.

It is all so interesting the human psyche.  Whew.  At times it is difficult to know when to be positive, when to support the denial, and when to contribute to the reality.  I rarely believe in dwelling on the negative, but you might catch me in a moment where I am facing the reality of it and think that I am negative, but give me a few minutes and I am sure I will get back to the positive!

Do you know what I mean?  Ever been in a situation where you have to stop and think about which state you will be in; positive, denial, realistic, or negative?  Ever have to decide where you need to be to be the most helpful?

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A Good Thing To Do Before Bed

Posted by terrepruitt on April 4, 2013

I have such wonderful Nia students.  One day I was talking to one of my students and she shared with me something she and her husband are doing before bed.  She said that they each share THREE good things that happened throughout the day.  Now this is just like the good thing jar idea in that the “good thing” is up to the person doing the sharing.  It can be anything you think of as a good thing.  You could say you heard your favorite song on the radio, saw a hummingbird, had a door held open for you, held a door open for someone else, you attended a Nia class . . . . whatever you want.  The “Good Thing” is up to you.  The idea is to help the day end on a positive note.  And it could lead to a nice conversation with whomever you are doing it with.  If you are doing it by yourself it could allow you to remember more good things about your day.  Whatever the situation it is a nice positive way to end the day.  Three good things is a beautiful thought to fall asleep on.

It could be particularly helpful in a stressful time.  Often when something is causing stress we tend to think about it a lot.  For me the quiet time as I am falling asleep is prime thinking time.  Is it for you?  With thinking time the mind can easily go to the stressful thought.  But if you have spent a little time with three good things maybe the good has pushed the stress off to a corner.  Falling asleep on a positive note seems like it would help you have a good sleep.  Sleep is a great tool in handling stress.  It could be you are happily thinking about your good things as you drift off.  Could be, if you have a partner you are talking about good things with, your partners good things are on your mind.

It also seems like this fun exercise would be good for people who tend to think of the negative instead of the positive.  This would help direct the negative attention to positive and shift the energy.  We all have things going on in our lives that we could dwell on and conduct negative thoughts and energy, so having to think about positive and good things that happened throughout the day and talk about three of them . . . that can really get the good stuff flowing.  Not thinking about the negative side of things can really work wonders.

I really like this idea.  I am looking forward to reading all the good things at the end of the year that I have document throughout the year, but this is a way to keep that “good thing” idea at the forefront.  This can provide “instant” gratification and help shift energy from negative and stressful to positive and peaceful.

Manifest the positive by sharing the good things!

What do you think?

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Goodie Jar – Check In #9

Posted by terrepruitt on March 29, 2013

Last Friday of March and our ninth Goodie Jar Check in.  It is all about Good Things, My Friends.  Focusing on the good because that is keeping the positive energy flowing.  I hope that you have had many good things happen this past week and your jar is getting full.

Keep up the practice.  I know at the end of the year when you read all these good things you are going to be so happy you kept is up.  You are going to be reminded of all the good things and feel so warm and fuzzy!

How is your jar looking?

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War With Cancer

Posted by terrepruitt on May 18, 2010

One of my best friends’ sister has been battling cancer for a year.  When people say “battling” cancer, it is an accurate statement.  When one “battles” cancer, it is for one’s life.  The fight is messy, painful, tiring, expensive, costly, and heart breaking, just like all battles.

I questioned myself regarding posting about it, because I didn’t ask my friend.  But I received a sense of knowing that if I wrote this and one person read it and it affected their life in a positive way then even though my friend’s sister lost the battle yesterday (May 17, 2010) she would be happy. SHE would have wanted me to write this, because she fought with all of her might and all of her faith until the very end. So she would want me to remind you of some of the signs you might want to pay attention to.  She would want us to continue with the war with cancer.

—A change in bowel habits
—Diarrhea
—Constipation
—Feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
—Stools that are narrower or have a different shape than usual
—Blood (either bright red or very dark) in the stool
—General abdominal discomfort (frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness, or cramps)
—Change in appetite
—Weight loss for no known reason
—Feeling very tired

You might want to talk to a medical professional if you have any of the previously mentioned signs.  These symptoms may be signs of rectal cancer. (1)

I would like to remind you that you need to listen to your body, you need to take time out from your schedule and you need to question things when things don’t feel right.  We all suffer from, “Well, its nothing.”  “Its this.”  “Its that.”  It is scaring and frustrating that as we age our bodies change so we never know if what is going on is part of the natural aging or if something is wrong.  Then we rely on the medical professionals to tell us because that is their job, but they don’t know either.  The last time I went to the doctor I felt as if I greatly annoyed her and was wasting her time because I was healthy.  So, I understand hesitation in going to the doctor.

But we all need to be better about it, myself included.  I learned some other things today that I didn’t know in regards to colon cancer*.

-According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States.

-Nearly all colon cancers begin as noncancerous (benign) polyps, which slowly develop into cancer.

-You have a higher risk for colon cancer if you: Have a personal history of breast cancer

-There is no single cause for colon cancer.  What you eat may play a role in your risk of colon cancer. (2)

The Mayo Clinic’s definition:

*Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine (colon), the lower part of your digestive system. Rectal cancer is cancer of the last several inches of the colon. Together, they’re often referred to as colorectal cancers.

You were brave and fought well, you will be forever missed and loved. When I think of the situation and your family I am sad, but when I think of you and your attitude during your battle, I smile.  Thank you for positive energy.

(1) Information from the National Cancer Institute
(2) Information from Medline Plus

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