Thoughts. Negative or Positive?

So I saw a headline at TinyBuddha that said “7 Ways to Learn from Your Negative Thoughts” by Bethany Rosselit and was a little disheartened for 3 reasons.
1. Surely, if you learn from a negative thought, it can’t be negative. It’s a positive thought.
2. When it comes to thoughts, there are no positives or negatives. Thoughts just “are”. Like a blade of grass just “is”.
3. I spent ages trying to write this third reason. It’s not an easy one to write. I kept thinking of the author and of the reader but I think it has to do with the way society has exuded it’s beliefs or learnings on us all so that we think a certain way. There’s nothing wrong with that. Society, if it’s to stand the test of time, needs some form of cohesion and structure if it is to last, but it makes it very difficult to question or live outside society. So in the end, how many people will read the article and give it a thumbs up and not question. In the end though, people just “are”.

Great article though. Lots of useful stuff to learn and grow from. Perhaps I don’t like headlines. 🙂



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