Q & A: The Power of Positive Thinking

Question: From reading your writings, it’s clear that you believe in the power of positive thinking; How much actual power can positive thinking have in our lives?  Can positive thinking cure diabetes?  What about phobias and mental conditions?

Answer: What can and can’t be cured is not for me to say, but I do believe that positive thinking can shape our attitude and response to diabetes.  Phobias, mental conditions, and whatnot?  It’s hard for me to speak on that, as the only mind that I truly know is my own, but I will say this: as weightlifting, proper diet, and exercise can build strength and stamina and reshape the body, so too can positive thinking (re)train and reshape the mind to more positive ends.  How far or to what extent is not for me to say, nor do I really want to, because I’d rather not limit the possibilities of another person.  As the writer Richard Bach says in his book Illusions, “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours.”  So I’m not going to put a limit on it.  But as all exercise is difficult and time consuming, and the realization of any goal takes hard work, sacrifice, and determination, so too does reprogramming and reshaping the mind take practice and dedication, will-power and a “never say quit” attitude.

     I’m not saying that limits don’t exist in this world.  That would be absurd.  But amazing things can and do happen.  I like to keep an open mind when it comes to what’s possible.

     Growing up, I watched the show Unsolved Mysteries all the time, even into my twenties when I worked 2nd shift.  It helped to show me that there’s so much that’s possible in this world, so many things that happen that defy explanation.  So I’m very cautious about putting limits on things, most especially the spirit or mind.

     Maybe I’m right, maybe I’m wrong, but that’s The Truth as I See It.