Positivity

Since I decided to unfollow the negative, at the same time I decided to try and post positive stuff that I feel strongly about.  I believe it’s possible to get your point across without slinging mud.  It’s a challenge because it’s easier to point out the faults with my opposing viewpoint rather than point out the positives of what I am passionate about.  Or maybe it’s just a natural reflex or just bad habits.

It’s called positive reinforcement kids, look it up.

I don’t want to ignore the crappy stuff that goes on in the world, I just want to combat it with love, humor and hope.  You can catch more flies with honey, kill ’em with kindness, or some other such cliche metaphor.  But that’s how I look at it, I’m an optimist.  Or at least I want to be.  That’s not to say I don’t get angry and sad when someone shoots up a school or suicide bombs a rock concert.  It makes me want revenge.  I want to bitch about guns (I know plenty of responsible gun owners), I want to bitch about organized religion (which has nothing at all to do with extremists).  Maybe the best approach is to take a deep breath and stop thinking (about anything!) for a minute.  Then logically and methodically work out the problem and come up with constructive solutions.  Sounds to me like a better plan then arming everyone to the teeth or living in a police state.

Just because we don’t agree on stuff doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it rationally and in a positive light.  I think that’s the biggest problem with our current political and societal culture.  We’ve forgotten or never learned how to peacefully coexist.  In our own country for goodness sake!  It seems to me we could work stuff out without trying to convince each other that our way is better and you should just listen to me.  Perhaps both opposing viewpoints could exist and be ‘truth’ at the same time.  Or at least we could agree to disagree and find some sort of common ground on at least some of the issues.  I have to believe there’s got to be a way.  We’re smart we could find it if we try.  I don’t feel like I always have to be right, just heard.  I know I’m not going to change anyone’s mind, especially in a Facebook thread.  But maybe, just maybe we can come up with real solutions that might actually work, if we try to set aside our egos for a minute.

I don’t know am I just too much of an optimist?  Please, feel free to let me know!  Just keep it positive!  😉

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Presence 

“The most precious gift you can give to the one you love is your true presence. So the first mantra is very simple: “Dear one, I am here for you.”

In our everyday life, most of us have very little time to cultivate our love. We are all so busy. In the morning while eating breakfast, we don’t take time to look at the people we love. We eat very quickly while thinking about other things, and sometimes we even hold a newspaper that blocks out the faces of our loved ones. In the evening when we come home, we are too tired to be able to look at them”

Excerpt From: Thich Nhat Hanh. “Fear.” HarperCollinsPublishers, 2011-01-10. iBooks. 

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Steve Bonstone Dead at 27

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November 7th, 1980

San Francisco, CA – Steve Bonstone, the brash and flamboyant lead vocalist of legendary arena rock band The B-Side ’70’s was found dead in his suite at the Fairmont Hotel.  He was 27 years old.  Details are still developing and the cause of death is unknown at this time pending toxicology reports.  He was found by the cleaning staff unconscious.  He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Steve Bonstone was well known for his rock star excess, drinking and drug use.  From his humble beginnings in Bakersfield, CA to touring the world with his band, the B-Side ’70’s he leaves behind a sordid, short life of non-stop debauchery and mayhem.  His bandmates and staff constantly warned him of going too far but Bonstone would not be swayed from his path of destruction.

Calls to the band and management have not been returned but a statement is expected soon.  The band’s constant recording and touring in recent years has tapered off from it’s height in the mid-to late 1970’s but some would argue their star still shown brightly and will for years to come.  It’s unclear at this time if the band will even continue as it is clearly too soon to tell.