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Today is my oldest granddaughter's thirteenth birthday. She's a teenager. This sparkling child I barely know and may never see again is growing so fast it's a bit breathless. Wasn't it just yesterday she was born and I made these booties to hang on the Christmas tree? How I miss her.
There's a lot of opportunity in this day to allow myself to wallow in the loss of my access to my grandchildren. That's not what I chose to do. I'm an optimist, and my personality will quickly leave the grief and frustration behind and move forward with joy and expectation.
I'll grant you I'm an extreme case, but the same principles apply to the optimistic personality at large. An optimist won't go there, and if we do we don't stay there very long. "This too shall pass." The older you're lucky enough to become the more you understand that concept and stop fighting so hard.
Weaselcracker and I have been having an ongoing conversation over the past year or so about the optimistic personality and practical ways to train ourselves to default to gratitude. Gratitude is the natural expression of the highly evolved personality and the attitude that brings you the greatest benefit, mentally, spiritually and physiologically. This "feeling" generates a spontaneous release of tension throughout the body and allows the mind to more easily process life and it's many challenges.
From a healing perspective I believe the cultivation of an attitude rich in joy and gratitude will assist the endocannabinoid system in getting your body back to homeostasis, that balance point where you are the best that you can be. This system responds dramatically to your emotions. Want to get sick really fast? Generate thoughts of fear, loss, anger, irritation, hate. Before you know it sickness will come calling. It may not be noticeable, but you can be assured, somewhere in your DNA your thoughts caused a mutation that you'll discover somewhere along the line.
Something new life brought for you to experience.
Alternatively, one can literally think a sick and wounded body back to health and wholeness. It requires the banishment of all negative emotion, something most of us would be severely challenged to undertake. But you don't have to get there overnight, and half the fun is in the journey anyway, isn't it?
I believe that when you care more about the way you "feel" than anything else, you'll see change in your life. Positive change in all facets of your life.
For someone like me, this path to continuous joyful expression was easier to follow than for someone with a more negative and fearful approach to life. Those of us tending to optimism often don't understand why those who aren't optimistic choose to stay negative in the face of all the evidence that points to the futility of negativity as a lifestyle.
Those who aren't optimistic by nature think optimists are nuts, and don't have much idea about how the optimists manage to pull it off. Because the truth of the matter is that the optimist isn't that positively charged without priming and training. We take deliberate steps that we customize for our individual personalities, but make no mistake about it, we train ourselves. In the beginning it's difficult for some of us too, but our innate personalities push us forward to the point when it begins to become a natural expression. We train ourselves to default to gratitude.
In one of those recent conversations it occurred to me that we could make use of a training guide, of sorts. Practical steps we optimists take to train our egos to get out of the way and let life flow through us to our benefit. The optimist believes without doubt that only good lies ahead. We've told ourselves that so many times that we believe it. That's why we're so optimistic.
I'd like to begin a conversation on how you train yourself to become and stay optimistic. I'll share my thoughts and techniques, you share yours, everyone roots around and we discuss how to include these little things into one's daily life. To become joyful takes deliberate application.
Let's be deliberate together and help each other gain greater heights of optimism, joy, gratitude. We grow the best cannabis most of us have seen, and the greatest percentage of us joyfully indulge in our harvests. We're a happy folk to begin with. My hope is that by having this discussion we can help those struggling to find a method that works for them.
We all feel a little lost sometimes. Let's leave some breadcrumbs. Please share what works for you. You should know by now I'm going to share mine.