Sunday, August 31, 2008

0 Some Useful Motivational Advice


Thanks to my blogger pal, Tim, I just discovered a really great blog, which addresses the mental aspects of how to move forward & achieve your goals.

And "Surprise, surprise!" -- One of the recent articles from this very blog advocates exercise as a great way to do this. ;-)

I'll admit that I was a tad bit put off by the title of the blog at first -- the title of the blog is "The Positivity Blog" -- because it sounds like just another glib sound-byte. But after giving this blog a chance & taking the time to actually read some of the articles (!), I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by its content. The integrity of this blog really did surprise me! Not only because it contained extremely useful advice, but it was just so real. And that shocked the hell out of me. I was expecting "Patty Pep-Talk," but she never showed up. ;-)

Needless to say, I'm not a big believer in the smarmy, New-Age-y, self-help industry of the likes of "The Secret" or Dr. Phil and such. (I'd much rather go to the source & read texts like the Bhagavad Gita, Tao Te Ching, or the Mahayana sutras, thank you very much. ;-) )

Plus, the word "positivity" has been so overused, that it's basically lost it's genuine significance in our modern age. In fact, I have to admit that when people use the word, I instinctively cringe, because the word is typically used by phony people who are trying to sell a saccharine, hyped-up version of positivity to the masses like it's some kind of wonder drug. Much more useful to our society would be what I like to call "realistic optimism." Yes, you can still be excited & happy about life, but it's also important to be honest with your emotions & thoughts, & acknowledge them even when they aren't always the most chipper.

In fact, some of the most unhappy individuals I know in life are those who constantly have a smile plastered onto their face like it's a defense shield. No one can penetrate beyond it, and frankly, it's just damn scary what actually lies behind the mask. Believe me, I've seen what goes on behind the curtain, & it's not pretty at all. Ironically, these are the exact same people who are actually very depressed & unhappy because they are trying to convince the rest of the world that they're happy 24/7. This play-acting is unhealthy, & will ultimately be their undoing. It can also lead a person down a very dark & perverse path. They might think they're doing the rest of the world a favor by concealing their negative thoughts & emotions, but it's better to express those thoughts & emotions via a safe outlet before they get too dark & completely consume the individual. Better to be natural, have good days & bad days, & be honest about it, than walk around like a ticking time bomb from hell. ;-)

In fact, that's exactly what this article (from The Positivity Blog) advocates.

So please, I beg of the blogosphere, no more phony positivity. There are just way too many fake & sappy "Don't worry, be happy" type of blogs that seem to replicate across the internet like mutant radioactive slime. ;-) They are similar in tone [i.e., totally light-weight in terms of anything which actually resembles useful content(!), & often also very insincere!] to those "get-rich-quick" type of blogs that go on about pyramid schemes and such. And do we really need yet another really dull & totally useless SEO blog? Sheesh, I don't think so! ;-0

I just want to shake some of these bloggers out of their boring little stupors. I mean, sheesh, have an original thought once in a while. Have something to say which isn't just a repetition of what other people are saying all over the internet. Be yourself. Find your own voice & say something unique; have an opinion which is truly your own & be courageous enough to express it, instead of just rattling off what 5,000 other blogs/bloggers are saying.

OK, I'm done with my rant now. See, now I can go back to being cheery again, because I expressed my little rant. It doesn't have any power over me, & I can move on & get to that higher plane of existence. ;-)

Point proven!

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