Positive Spin

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At the beginning of this year I made a New Year aspiration to practice with “Positive Spin.”

The basic premise of this practice is recognizing that there is a fundamental difference between the facts in any given situation and the story we tell ourselves about these facts. Typically, we tell ourselves very negative stories about the facts, and these stories can end up being a source of suffering. Practicing Positive Spin entails asking myself when facing a negative situation: “Given the facts I have, what’s the most empowering story I could tell?”

Credit where credit is due: I was inspired to take on this practice after reading an article by Tony Schwartz where he shared about “Realistic Optimism” and how it had helped him be resilient in difficult times.

When the New Year began I was eager for an opportunity to practice, and soon enough, one came along: Continue reading Positive Spin

Right here, right now

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I’ve been thinking about creating a blog for a while, but wasn’t quite sure where to start. After much deliberation, I realized that deliberation was futile. Start right here, right now. So I signed up for a website and now I’m writing.

There are many ideas I have about what this could turn into, but the initial impetus is to create an avenue where I can communicate who I am, what I think about and what I am passionate about. Words written in a tucked-away journal or thoughts rumbling through my head have limited value; it is when they are brought to light and shared, examined and enjoyed by myself and others, that they are of real consequence.

Someday this site may become a well-spring of information. For now though, it will begin as an avenue of expression.

If you’re reading this then I welcome you to hang out at my place, and hope you find something of use in your journey.

Brandon