The Importance of Positive Thinking

OK. I know that it sounds like I’m going to start wearing white robes, shave my head, and start taking donations but I promise you that this not what’s going on!  Here’s how I see it. If you follow my blog or, if you know me, then you probably know that I have faith in God and that I am trusting God (good news or bad) for the outcome of my life. Here’s a post that I wrote on having faith. You can read it Here. That is all well and good but, faith is NOT what I’m talking about here. It does not matter if you have faith or not. I cannot stress the importance of positive thinking….especially for the cancer patient. Let me explain.

The Importance Of Positive Thinking When Things Look Bad

So here I sit with holes in the boat, the crew has abandoned ship and even the rats have jumped ship and are floating away on driftwood as the ship goes down slowly. I think I even heard one of the rats mutter something nasty. Worse yet, there are storm clouds on the horizon and, to say the least, things are not looking good. Now, I’m not saying that I’m walking around in denial with a stupid smile on my face and ignoring the facts but I am staying positive.

You see, it’s like this. I may only have a few years left but, then again, I may live 20 years. Now, I know that the doctors have all told me that this is not going to happen but just look at some of the survivors with AIDS. They were told the same thing and then they found treatments that allowed them to live long and normal lives. Sometimes I think they key to survival is hanging in there long enough for a cure.

Now, imagine that I’m blessed with 20 years. I definitely don’t want to live 20 years in misery waiting for the end to come. You see, everyone has to meet their maker and none of us knows when. If I have 2 years left then I want them to be as happy as possible. If I have 20 years left then I want them to be as happy as possible and not pass miserably while I only see the bad side of things and wait for the end to come.

I have chosen to stay positive. Don’t get me wrong….I have to deal with the good AND the bad but don’t we all? I want to enjoy the life I’ve been given…even if it’s only one day at a time. There are people who love us and care about us and if you have faith….well, then look up every so often and breathe in the night air and say a word of thanks for those pretty stars, clear night skies and the bright and beautiful moon. It’s all there for a reason. 🙂

Here’s a quick video about positive thinking and health. It even has tips to help people move from a negative to a positive way of thinking. I think you’ll enjoy it.


I’m Not an Optimist

Now, as much as I enjoyed that video I would not say that I am an optimist. I would consider myself more of a realist. I don’t believe everything will necessarily work out for the best BUT I choose to focus on what is good in my life everyday rather than the negative things.

Finally, stay encouraged. Fight hard against the cancer and fight just as hard for your life. Don’t let your illness steal your life. Maybe you will get those extra years. And….if you stayed positive they will be happy ones, right?! You can do it, I know it….and as for me….I choose it.

Stay strong and keep fighting,

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  1. People are accepting more and more the power of the mind. I’m sure”studies” have been done by doctors and other professionals but your words make it much more real for me. There’s a phrase…”toxic personality”. I’m hoping your posative thinking will be picked up by those around you.

    • Thanks. 🙂 I think there are plenty of studies on it but, you know….that stuff comes off kind of kooky sometimes. If you watch some of the faces of the people the editor put into the video piece about being positive you will see that some of them look…..a bit nutty….and I think that’s why some people don’t take it seriously. I think that if you put it into perspective…or as some say…play the long game…then you realize that you don’t want a life that is only lived moment by miserable moment waiting for the end. Instead, you want to live each day to it’s fullest…and maybe that turns into 20 years. 🙂

  2. Personally, I think positive thinking is extremely powerful. I suffer from depression and anxiety. And while it’s not cancer, it’s crippling in it’s own way. I’ve had times where I found it hard to even get out of bed. (and actually spent an entire week in bed once when I let it get the best of me.) I decided very consciously that I WOULD NOT let this take control of my life. I had to work at it at first, and then after a while it wasn’t so hard. One day at a time, some times one step at a time, actually deciding to make the day a good day. Positive attitudes can make our entire body feel better. So Ed, I agree with you. Live this life! Enjoy your surroundings. Your family, friends, the outdoors. As you say, look up and give thanks for the sunrise that makes you smile, or the spring flowers that are in bloom that take your breath with their beauty. You, and yours will be happier and healthier for it. I don’t know about science and studies, but I’m living proof that it can over come obstacles. Live each day to it’s fullest, and if just might turn into those 20 years!

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