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Atmospheric Influence

A while back I was sitting in my trailer during one of those hot, humid, oppressive Nebraska summers.  The Sun had shone steadily on my little tin box dwelling place, making it feel like an oven inside.   I had a dinky little window AC unit crammed into one of my windows, and, try as it might, it was losing the battle.

I set up a box fan to help circulate what cool air was being produced by the AC unit.  As I said, there just wasn’t enough cool air being produced by this little window unit to cool the entire trailer.  I resolved to sit with my face as close to the fan as I could without damaging my rather large nose.

For the most part, I was pelted with the same hot, wet air comprising the rest of the atmosphere in my trailer.  The only difference was that this air was moving quite a bit faster.  This didn’t seem to make things worse, but it surely didn’t make things better.  I continued to sit in front of this fan out of some twisted sense of hope that this hot, humid air blowing through a fan would bring me some relief.

After a short period of time I experienced something.  Once in a while the fan would pick up a tiny pocket of cool air produced by the air conditioner which had not been assimilated by the predominant atmosphere in my trailer.  This tiny pocket of cold air blew onto my face as a splinter of luscious coolness.   I continued to sit in front of the fan in anticipation of these sporadic miniature Arctic blasts, hinting at what it would be like to be fully relieved of the miserable heat.

As the Sun started going down, the atmosphere cooled considerably, and the organism of my trailer wasn’t being bombarded directly by the Suns rays.  Without so much input to fight against, my little air conditioner became more effective.  My living space became more comfortable, to the extent that I could take my face away from the fan and enjoy the rest of my living space.

Our psyche is a lot like my old trailer.  It will internalize the conditions of the atmosphere to which it is exposed.  If the mind living inside the trailer wants to effect more desirable conditions it needs to act in such a way as to effect more desirable conditions.   To make my trailer cooler I could have gone out and acquired more little window air conditioning units to install … I could have acquired more sources of positive input to hedge me against the prevailing negativity in which I was engulfed.  I could have moved my trailer to a climate that is cooler and dryer all the time … I could have simply distanced myself from sources of negative input.  I could have focused on ways the heat, and humidity had good intentions, and was actually benevolent … I could have come to realize that I do not have to accept negative input as entirely negative, learned to accept it in its true nature, and worked around it with positive intentions.

Or, we can just sit and wait for the Sun to go down, and let the atmosphere change for the better, which may, or may not happen.

Till next time remember, you’re great!

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My Little Black Pickup Truck

We’ve all heard the adage that we are what we eat. This, in fact, is true. Your body has a maintenance crew, as it were, and what you ingest provides the raw materials to maintain your body. They say that every seven years each cell in your body has been replaced through this maintenance process. So, you quite literally are what you eat.

There is another adage, equally as true, but less equally known, which says we are what we think. This dynamic is less easily delineated than the physiological effects of a healthy diet. However, this dynamic is easily illustrated through every day experiences.

I’ll use a personal experience to demonstrate how this dynamic works. A couple of years ago I bought a little black pickup truck. Till I started driving that little black pickup truck, it seems people driving little pickup trucks were far, and few between. After I started driving that little black pickup truck, little pickup trucks were everywhere, and a lot of them were black.

This amazed me. Where had all these little pickup trucks been hiding? Suddenly I had more little pickup truck opportunities than I’d ever dreamed possible. I could see what other people were doing with their little pickup trucks. I could go talk to someone about little pickup-truckness that had experience, and expertise on the subject. I could easily find people wanting to buy, or sell little pickup trucks, or little pickup truck accessories.

At that time I had the benefit of having a little black pickup truck as my main source of transportation. The cultural focus we modern humans place on our personal transportation mechanism dictated that this little black pickup truck was on my mind quite a lot … do you know we actually develop a personal relationship with our car keys, which is why key fobs are such great specialty advertising medium. I was suddenly in a little pickup truck World. However, I didn’t have to work very hard to get there; all I had to do was buy a little black pickup truck.

The experts tend to call this dynamic of thought ‘The Law of Attraction.’ What you think about will find its way to you by virtue of the fact that you become more perceptive to the venues of its approach. Health, happiness, prosperity … these’ll probably take more work to bring about than going out and buying a little black pickup truck. Think about the good things; keep the bad things out of your mind. Have your imagination think of the good things with all the tangibility you can muster, just as though there were a little black pickup truck outside in your drive way waiting for you to come out and take it on a drive down some dirt road in Nebraska.

Till next time, think of good things, and remember, you are a spectacular person.