Let's turn a negative into a positive!

James (@tanner) 8 years, 9 months ago

This an exercise meant to assist us realize that every apparently “bad,” situation, is still a tool we can use to make ourselves better.

So display a situation in your life that you often view as a disadvantage, or holding you back, and then describe what you’ve gained from the experience, and how it’s made you stronger.

– My father was absent from my childhood. I only have about 7 memories of him.
+ as a result of my father’s absence, I was never shown things a boy typically learns from his Dad (ex. shaving, confidence, how to talk to girls.) So I had to teach myself these things, because of this I’ve realized I can teach myself anything I desire, and achieve everything I work for.
That’s mine.

Even if you have a situation that you are convinced is completely terrible, and no good could possibly come from, give it a shot and post.

February 24, 2013 at 2:53 am
Tom (187) (@scott3600) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

– I got seriously ill resulting in me having to retake the year at school.
+ while in hospital I learnt that your attitude in life affects your outcome and you can overcome anything with the correct attitude towards it. I also ended up getting better grades :)

Even though I participated in this I don’t really like these sort of things. It’s like ‘hey look what bad stuff I had to overcome and look how awesome I am.’ It’s all just an ego thing.

Almeida (304) (@xetado) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

– I was postponing for about a year a surgery I had to do in my left knee, my parents and I were very sad because they never had time to take me to the surgery and all this stuff.
+ Furthermore, I did additional exams and discovered that I had another diagnosis on my knee, so, If I did the surgery I would probably lose my leg.

I’m not losing my mind anymore until the last second (:

Alex (345) (@staylucky) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@scott3600, I don’t perceive it is an ego thing. I think these can be very helpful to people. We all need a bit of positive reinforcement once in a while.

Stoney Baloney (614) (@adamm0ss) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

-2 X -2 = 4

Annabella (0) (@notsoperfect) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

– I let shyness get the better of me and lost a lot of my friends in the process because they felt I didn’t trust them.
+ I ended up seeing a therapist who among other things diagnosed me as allergic to gluten, I no longer have the eczema which was leading me to having treatment which involved “turning off” my immune system.

@scott3600, going to have to agree with you a bit though, im not normally the type to post like this.

jgreen (35) (@andropar) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

– I lost my best female friend three years ago (she was all pissed because of some minor incident),
+ which led me to realize that she abused me as the nice guy I was and that I had to change and work on myself, because from nothing comes nothing. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for her. And after all, I am now able to look positive on every human being, no matter how bad they are or how much they do to stress me out. Thanks for that, long lost best friend :)

James (38) (@tanner) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@scott3600, @notsoperfect, I think a lot of the time people get caught up in worrying whether or not they’re acting from the ego. The funny thing is when someone says they don’t want to act from the ego, they’re making a statement from that exact place, because they’re worried how others might perceive them. Besides ego can be a great if used in the right ways, it’s one of the most powerful tools for motivation.

@scott3600, That’s one of the gretest lessons in life, as we think so we become.
@notsoperfect, Awesome! That’s a good therapist, helping you heal your body and mind.
@xetado, Oh wow, that’s actually pretty scary to think you could’ve lost your leg. What ended up happening with that?
@andropar, Thanks for sharing that. I’m sorry that you lost one of your best friends, those types of relationships can be hard to come by. I’m happy though, that you were able to gain such a great insight from the experience. We all have our own lives to live, and our own lessons to learn.

Kidd (1,059) (@kidd) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tanner, Dude, first, I love your icon. Iroh is a boss.

And second…
– My dad passed away when I was a little kid, and my mom’s alcoholic side really came out. She’s been in prison because of a DUI for a few years, and my sister and I have been living with our aunt since. My sister and I haven’t been closed since my dad, either.

+ Because of this, though, not only have we grown closer to my aunt, who I now realize is a wonderful and strong woman, we’ve grown closer to our older half brother (we share the same mother), as well. I’ve grown stronger as a person, learning everyday how to stand a little taller on my own two feet. I lost some friends along the way, but that’s okay because I found one who actually cares. It’s all good, really, and I don’t think I could be happier. :)

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