Welcome back to wednesdayWISDOM, a series of inspiration pieces to help you get your scrapping mojo on during this #SocialDistancing phase of our lives.
This week’s quote is one from Robert Kiyosaki who’s Rich Dad Poor Dad books kind of sent my life into a whirl wind in the late 1990’s:
It’s not what you say out of your mouth
that determines your life, it’s what you
whisper to yourself that has the most power.
~ Robert Kiyosaki
Now before we go any further, Robert Kiyosaki has come under a LOT of criticism over the years, endured business failures and tends to the right of the spectrum in regards to business and political leanings. Does this mean that everything he says is to be summarily dismissed? or can we find some kernel of truth within his words nonetheless?
As a left leaning person I always try, sometimes failing dismally, to reflect on what people say.
This next bit is very real and very raw: Unfortunately over the last few years I became increasingly more reactive as my family unit was attacked and my children’s lives were threatened. My reactivity escalated the most after being assaulted multiple times in 2018.
Sometimes lately I have been catching myself in a very negative frame of mind. The fact that I am reflecting on my reactions at least helps me to understand that a lot of the reaction is NOT the true me; what is happening is a Post Traumatic Stress Response.
Right now with the Australia-wide lockdown to manage the pandemic I am finding myself in shock at the behaviour of many people, angered that there are so many who believe they know better than the experts about whether or not it is safe to continue to go about their lives as if nothing is wrong and frequent places and participate in activities that are currently locked down and restricted as part of the global efforts to save people’s lives. If this thing is not contained the experts are telling us that potentially 40 million people will die, mostly the elderly and people with complicated health conditions.
To all those who are ignoring the WHO and their Governments: “thank you very much” for choosing to treat the safety of everyone around you, including your own extended families, with contempt.
So reading Kiyosaki’s words … … I am challenged to the core.
What is my inner dialogue? Am I being true to myself? Am I allowing myself to be victimised? Am I allowing the past helplessness that I felt dictate my present and future? How am I managing my reactions to current events? How can I support and aid my fellow human beings?
Most importantly: How can I personally do better?
To say that I have very complicated feelings about everything is an understatement. …
Be that as it may, in the layout I created today I chose to focus on a few abstracted images representing real things that I love and am grateful for; I am enough. I am perfectly imperfect and any negativity within me I can transmute into a gift to be used as the litmus test for positive thinking.
This morning (as I draft this post on Friday 27 March 2020) Tony Robbins posted that “Positive thinking improves resilience and silences your fear of failure.”
Working on re-framing myself into a position of positive thinking and personal power.
From now on every time I start to doubt my abilities as a designer all I need do is remind myself of the simple truth that Walt Disney DIDN’T give up either! 8D
As an artist, I make special efforts to challenge myself every step of my journey in life and I hope that you also can find deeper self-knowledge in your own unique way from this challenge.
Edited 21 April 2020 to add:
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What is your response to this quote from Robert Kiyosaki? How does it make you feel? What thoughts are triggered when you read these words? I would love to know! Please post a comment here with a link to your layout, wherever it may be located, or send me a private message.
- All the quotes used have been listed as being in the public domain, sourced from TheGoldenQuotes.net with gratitude.