POSITIVE THINKING MAKES A DIFFERENCE
What you think and how you
think makes a huge the difference in the outcome of your life.
When your life is hanging by a thread, the weight of negative
thinking can break the thread.
When I was lying in the
intensive care unit with two broken legs, a broken scapula, five
broken ribs, a pneumothorax, a hemothorax, and a blood
transfusion running into my veins, positive thinking made a
Because I am a physician, I was
fully aware of the problems and complications stalking my
bedside. The major long bone fractures could cause fat embolism
to the lungs. The seven units of blood running into my veins
could cause hepatitis or AIDS. The partially collapsed lung
could cause pneumonia. Prolonged bed rest creates a risk of
deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Fractures may not
heal, and infection in the fracture sites could result in
disastrous osteomyelitis. I have seen all of these
complications happen to victims of trauma, and theyíre not
uncommon. Fortunately, none of these complications happened
anywhere except in my mind.
When I was flat on my back in
the intensive care unit, I had to decide if I was going to
listen to the voice of fear and negativity, and make a bad
experience worse by filling my mind full of fear.
Doctors frequently are bad
patients because they know too much about their problems, and
that knowledge adds to their burden. I was fortunate to have
excellent care and a supportive family who helped me deal with
this experience in a positive manner.
Major disasters that traumatize
your physical body teach you about positive thinking in a
special way. When you feel great and your body is healthy, itís
easy to think positive. But when you have been run over by the
Mack Truck of Life, positive thinking is difficult. When it
takes six months to be able to walk without crutches, thinking
positive is a major challenge. When your plans are on hold, and
you arenít sure if you will be able to continue your dream,
thinking positive is hard. When recovery from a physical
disaster takes a year or two, thinking positive is put in a
radically different perspective.
Mental recovery may be even
more difficult than physical recovery. Physical therapy may
restore your physiology, but restoring a positive mind may seem
to be an insurmountable challenge.
As a physician, I was
acquainted with suffering, but it was only a distant relative
who never came to visit. When I experienced it myself, I found
that suffering looks different from the inside. When you
observe someone else suffer, itís easy to tell them to think
positive. But when youíre the one doing the suffering, it takes
all of your resources to think a few positive thoughts each
day. When you are in pain, your body shouts an unremitting
stream of negative discouraging thoughts, while your mind
timidly whispers a few positive ones. Your mind whistles in the
dark hoping light is on the way and the nightmare will soon be
When the body is unhealthy or
severely traumatized, the mind suffers as well. I have intense
admiration for people with disabilities who remain positive and
fully involved in life. For them staying positive is like
climbing Mount Everest every day.
Zero Tolerance To
Negative Thinking : Good-by Depression - Hello Positive Mind
David J Abbott M.D.
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