Why Humans Need Negativity to Learn


It seems that the reaction of a response to a stimulus is still an effective way to make changes in character or behavior in a person. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard how people have been told by a doctor that they are heading for a health crisis and they need to change their eating habits and start exercising. A negative hit to create a change in behavior. I see it everywhere, except with some of the negativity, people just think the world is against them. They do not equate what is going on with anything positive. They do not have the conscious awareness that they need to change to see change in their world. The point is in order to have what you’ve never had, you have to become someone you’ve never been.

The duality of our inner and outer world has many benefits if only we could see where we are heading. If we had the foresight to change course and begin making small changes in how we live, there would be an outward swing of that inner pendulum and we would see it in all aspects of our lives.

We see it in people who start to move more and can only walk a minute or so at a time. They learn to walk a few seconds more each day until they can walk for longer and longer periods at a brisker and brisker pace.

This is also true in a spiritual sense. So many people feel alone, abandoned and isolated because they believe their own thoughts. If they started to reject those thoughts in favor of other more positive thoughts, the negative starts to drift away like a fog in the wind.

Negativity is never meant to be a permanent thing. It is a stimulant to choose change. What we choose is part of our freedom to do so. If we continue to choose the negative, that is what we get more of. If we choose to reject negativity in all its forms, more positive happenings occur to us and our immediate world.

It seems that when we are complacent, there is not much impetus to do anything much. When we are in a painful position, we are prodded to change, to take some form of action, if only to reject negativity and welcome the new dawn of more positive thinking. Reminds me of that book called “The Power of Positive Thinking”, written in the last century.

There are many anecdotal stories of people who have been hit over the head with something negative hard enough that they have seen it as a wake-up call. Making change is never easy but living with negativity and its consequences is much harder. If you see your life as more negative, start rejecting those thoughts and start changing one behavior at a time and make small changes every day. You too, may end up standing in a new day of a beautiful sunrise.

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