I’ve now had a bellyfull of ‘positive thinking’ messages floating all over my social media timeline. In goeie Afrikaans – ek is nou gatvol vir positiewe denke boodskappies.
I do agree with this school of thought- in general – but please give me a break and credit me with a little intelligence. Positive thinking will not turn my life into a funfair. Not overnight anyway. Definitely not on an ‘every-minute-of-every-day’ and for ‘the-rest-of-my-life’ scale.
If you don’t believe me, ask these young vervet monkeys how effective their positive thinking worked for them during the heavy rain shower which left them very wet and very cold. And very hungry, as well; nobody in their right mind forages for food during such a downpour.
They patiently sat on our lower balcony for almost half a day, waiting and watching for a door or window to open, or for food to be thrown their way. Every single time that they detected movement upstairs, they looked up hopefully. Did positive thinking do the trick?
No, it did not. They were not let into the house, nor did they receive any food. These are wild animals and for their own good, they are not be sheltered or fed. They have to hone their skills to provide for themselves.
Yes, we felt sorry for them. Yes, they became a little discouraged in the end. (Don’t worry, they lived through that day and grew up to be the proud parents of healthy youngsters of their own who will also learn to live through the rough times.)
So, back to the positive thinking messages. Can I ask you please, instead of sending me a little message of hope when, say, my leg is in a cast, could you please go do my grocery shopping for me?
What has positive thinking done for me so far?
- I haven’t won the state lottery yet, but I can still afford a meal
- I didn’t get the big contract that I hoped for, but I still have a means of generating income
- I’m getting older and uglier every day, but I still buy those expensive face creams
You get my drift? Okay, then you know, I still have hope, I am still optimistic. Basta met die boodskappies.
To end this tirade, here is a quote that I have made my personal motto in life.
“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” – Walt Disney
Thank you, Walt, you can be my hero for today.