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When should I try to be like everyone else?  Never.

When should I allow someone else to control my mind?  Never.

When should I tolerate negative thinking?  Never.

When should I allow toxic waste into my mind?  Never.

When does conflict make my life better?  Never.

When should I stop thinking new thoughts and taking new actions?  Never.

When should I admit defeat and quit trying?  Never.

When should I quit working on my dreams?  Never.


Copyright 2013



GOOD-BYE GOLDEN CAGE, HELLO FREEDOM
 


I recently visited a zoo and spent a few hours looking at birds in cages.  There were cages of all sizes.  The birds appeared to be healthy and well-fed, but somehow what I saw didn't seem even remotely right.  I felt like I was looking at a maximum security bird prison in which all inmates were serving a life sentence without hope of parole.

I think that birds need more than food, water, and limited space.  They need freedom to soar on the updrafts and to allow their instincts to show them the way.  I can't believe that Jailbirds are happy birds; they just were not designed to live in cages.  If I don't like living in a cage, I can't imagine why a bird would like it either.

I also wasn't designed to live in a cage.  That's one reason I enjoy watching birds in free flight.   They demonstrate unfettered freedom that inspires me to spread my wings and fly.  The problem is that I spend too much time building golden cages when I should be out soaring in total freedom.

Birds have an excuse.  They didn't choose their golden cages.  They were captured, trained, and tamed to tolerate their jailbird existence.

I, on the other hand, don't have an excuse.  When I was born into this world, I was given the freedom of choice.  If I end up living in a cage, it's because I decided to live there, and I have no one to blame but myself. 

Since I returned to "uncivilization", I met hundreds of people living in golden cages.  How do I know that?  It's simple.  They are doing work that they hate so they can pay for a lifestyle that is driving them crazy.  Their cages come in all different shapes and sizes.  They are running on treadmills in Nowhere Land, and most important of all, they are not living their dreams.

Take a look at the eagle at the top of this page.  Imagine what his life would be like if you put him in a cage.  Would he be happy?

Living in golden cages is not for the birds, and it's not for me.  I've learned my lesson.  Good-bye golden cage, hello freedom.  No more golden cages for me.


HOW GOOD CAN IT GET?
 


On rare occasions, I turn on my television and watch the evening news.  I'm firmly convinced that the news isn't really news at all.  It's biased reporting that focuses on crimes perpetrated by misfits and dysfunctional individuals with a few natural disasters thrown in for good measure.  When the doom and gloom and negative entertainment is over, it's clear that the world is in a terrible mess that's getting worse each day.  After listening to their destructive message, its easy to conclude that there is no limit to how bad things can become.

I don't believe the apostles of doom and gloom.  I traveled twice around the world, once by air and once in my own yacht, and what I have seen convinces me that life is good, and that there is no limit to how good my life can become.  Everywhere I go, the majority of the people I meet are both good and kind, and they wish me well.  If I'm in trouble, they will move heaven and earth to lend a hand.  Millions of anonymous unsung heroes never make the evening news.  They comprise the mass of humanity, and they are the ones who keep civilization on an even keel.

It's hard to be a positive person when your mental focus is negative.  So turn off your TV set, and start focusing on your dreams.  If you do that, it won't be long before you feel strangely positive, and you will come to believe that there is no limit to how good your life can become.
 

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Positive Operating System
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Unlimited Potential for Excellence
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What I Think About Matters
Think on These Things
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When Will I Get Better
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The Meaning of Life
Every Destination Starts as a Thought
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