FANTASTIC post on the power of hope by Gratitude Habitat!
I had a good friend recently project what they COULD be like (illness-wise) a year from now and I found it quite sad as it was a very negative outlook.
They said that they were trying to be “realistic” but there really is nothing scientific saying that this could be fact – it was clearly a defense mechanism and their way of protecting themselves from possible disappointment later. I get it…none of us like to be unprotected and exposed. We want to be prepared for the worst.
But is it REALLY a defense mechanism if we spend the next year with that kind of mindset instead of holding out hope and setting a positive intention? What if they are doing themselves more harm than good by thinking like this? There is so much scientific evidence on the power of positive thinking and positive intention.
Some may call it a Pollyanna principle…I call it protecting today’s serenity and joy. Why torture ourselves needlessly?
All we have is today anyway!