MIRROR ONE: ALL OR NOTHING
This mirror gives a reflection in black and white.
Healthy people know that there are many gray
areas to life. In fact, most of life consists of gray
areas. In one of the Harry Potter novels, there is a
fictional character named "Serious Black." Such a
foreboding character only exists in novels and fairy tales.
No one is perfect - all white, and no one is totally evil - all
black. The same is true for your experiences.
Nothing is all good or all bad.
This mirror should be easy to recognize
and destroy. All you need to do is to look in it, and if
everything you see is all white or all black, and nothing in
between, you are looking into the mirror of all or nothing
It's impossible to enjoy the challenges
you face when all or nothing thinking is in control. All
or nothing thinking means you are either a total success or
I couldn't perform eye surgery if I let
all or nothing thinking rule my medical practice. This
mirror tells me that my surgical results have to be perfect
one-hundred percent of the time, or I'm a horrible surgeon and
should stop operating. The only surgeon without
complications is one who no longer operates. Dead surgeons
have no complications, but all practicing surgeons experience
them. Complications are part of the life of a surgeon.
No matter what you do in life, all or nothing thinking gives a
false reflection and can't be trusted. It's time to get
out the sledge hammer, and once and for all, smash the mirror of
all or nothing thinking.
I spent several years sailing around the
world on my yacht. A voyage around the world usually
requires a time investment of at least four years, and a
commitment to keep on keeping on in spite of the adversity you
encounter during the voyage. Some people start out on a
voyage around the world, and later decide it requires too much
time and effort to complete the trip. These sailors limit
their cruise to the Caribbean or to crossing the Pacific Ocean.
They have a fantastic voyage that fulfills their dreams as long
as they don't look into the mirror of all or nothing thinking.
The mirror of all or nothing thinking says
a voyage "counts" only if you sail all the way around the world.
If you only sail part way, it doesn't measure up to the all or
nothing standard, and therefore, isn't worthwhile. That is
the kind of foolish assessment all or nothing thinking tries to
foist on its victims.
Every thing you do counts and is
important. Your life isn't measured in black and white.
Go ahead and destroy this mirror so that all or nothing thinking
never again controls your life.
Excerpt from :
Zero Tolerance To
Negative Thinking : Good-by Depression - Hello Positive Mind
David J Abbott M.D.
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