@WordPress #DailyPrompt #DP – Shape Up or Ship Out

 1212mentalhealth-RWInspired by the WordPress Daily Prompt – Write a letter to the personality trait you like least, convincing it to shape up or ship out. Be as threatening, theatrical, or thoroughly charming as is necessary to get the job done.

Dear Neuroticism,

I have a few choice words for you.  The first being you suck! Yeah, I said it. YOU SUCK!

Sorry to be so blunt but really, no one thinks you’re that great.  You’re moody, you worry all the time and your jealous behaviour is off the chart.  Perhaps if you were nicer, people would want you in their lives but alas, you don’t know how to respond to stress so you end up giving everyone anxiety.

You try to hide behind your ‘shyness’ and make people think that you’re just a sweet innocent kid.  I see through your little façade. 

You’re paranoid and you take things too personally Neuro…yes, I’m talking about you.  You make things all about you, well I’m here to tell you stop being a drama queen.  Maybe if you would communicate more you wouldn’t be so angry. I’m just saying.

Because of you, people are taking meds and believing that you’re gone.  Little do they know you’re still lurking in the corners of their mind and now they have to deal with questionable side effects (like jitters, tingling in the face, leg or ass and/or loss of all five senses).  Then you have the nerve to come back and get angry because you now have new issues to deal with or it makes you depressed about why they took the meds in the first place. 

I’m here to tell you NEUROTICISM, (if that is in fact your real name)…you need to get gone!  People need to be free from your sleeper hold. I’m here to keep it real and tell you one thing…

It’s ok…it’s ok….it’s ok…it’s ok….It’s ok…it’s ok….it’s ok…it’s ok…It’s ok…it’s ok….it’s ok…it’s ok…It’s ok…it’s ok….it’s ok…it’s ok.  (at some point this will break you down and make you change your ways…it worked in the movie ‘Good Will Hunting‘ so I thought I’d give it a try – anything? no?)

Ok. I didn’t want to do this but I’m taking it up a notch.  I want you to cease and desist from tormenting people’s lives and let them enjoy themselves.  Stop being a mental and emotional burden in the hearts and minds of millions.  You need to de-stress, relax and meditate.

Stop internalizing everything.  You need to shape up or ship out!

Your BFF,

Self-Confidence. ;  )

My letter was directed to the personality trait neuroticism as it is the base of mental health illnesses – a very serious matter.  People need to know they’re not alone.  Everything from depression, gambling, PMS, bi-polar disorder, drug addition, alcoholism, bullying, ADHD, Alzheimer’s and so much more fall under this category. 

As there is no ‘Life Training Guide’, we end up creating our own unwritten manual based on our personal morals, values and experiences as the foundation.  We proceed to share this knowledge with the next generation.  With that said, the one thing we need to practice and encourage is open communication in all matters.  Bringing awareness to issues by sharing our thoughts and emotions is the only way we can get to the bottom of mental health illnesses

To anyone affected by any type of mental illness (directly or indirectly), please know that you’re not alone in anything you endure.  History repeats itself so if you or a friend experience a difficult time, chances are others have experienced it too.  It may be a difficult road ahead but you don’t have to travel it on your own.  I’ve been blessed with faith in God which has carried me through a lot of tough times in life.  I’m not here to preach or tell you to believe – just know that you’re not alone and the power of positive thinking is real.

Each One teach One’ is a great motto – let’s share and learn from each other and inspire one another for greatness!

@MichaelLosier I know you’ll agree #LawofAttraction is real – This is a great challenge!!

The brain
Source: Wikipedia

Do you know why world domination slipped Brain’s grasp. (Yes, I’m talking about Brain from the Warner Brothers cartoon, Pinky and the Brain). It’s because he let Pinky’s negativity interfere with his power of positive thinking. Ok, maybe world domination by a cartoon character is an extreme example but it does illustrate my message.

I do my best to stay positive in all situations.  Though times can be trying, I will always look for the silver lining in each experience.

After reading the “Law of Attraction” by Michael Losier, it really opened my eyes to what we can accomplish when we believe in the power of positive thinking.  It’s amazing how the way we speak has a major effect on the way we live. When you speak positive words and think positive thoughts, the outcome can only be positive.  With much work, I’ve managed to improve my skills of becoming a positive writer.  What I mean by this is that I change the words I use to express what I would like the outcome to be.   This theory is much like having faith.  Believing ‘it’ will occur will cause ‘it’ to happen.

For example, instead of telling someone “Don’t forget to pick up some milk on your way home”, say “Remember to pick up some milk on your way home”.  When we speak in a negative manner, our brain responds to it and when you hear the words “Don’t forget” the brain connects to the word ‘forget’ as a negative which causes us to do as we’re told. Forget.

Now, by telling someone to ‘Remember’, we are sending positive vibrations to the brain so we will respond to it positively and it will be top of mind.  This is a basic example but what I’m trying to get across is how easily we can change the outlook in almost any situation.

At first I found it a real challenge to write positively all the time. You’d be surprised how much one uses “If you don’t mind, No problem, I don’t recall, I can’t remember if, I don’t know when, If not…” and the list goes on.  It would sometimes take me twice as long to write an email.  I would have to stop and ask myself, ‘what do I want the outcome to be’ and alter my message accordingly to ensure it reinforces the intended outcome.

Thankfully I’ve reached the point where I can write positively with ease and regardless of the situation, I can get my point across with positivity and lightness.  It’s even easier to write a ‘stern message’ in a positive fashion.

With this said, I have a challenge for everyone. Attempt to write positively in your daily life.  Think of what you would like the outcome to be and write as though it will or it has transpired.  I promise you will see an upward shift in your everyday life and the way you interact with others.

I would suggest everyone read Law of Attraction when given the opportunity. I’m just a fan of it and the message it sends.  Life can be great when you believe and know it will be.

Here’s a clip of Oprah explaining how the Law of Attraction worked in her life.  Some may doubt or question this theory and that’s fine. We’re all entitled to our opinions and beliefs but if you’re ready to change you’re own reality and have faith that it will happen, then this will work for you.  As with any theory, your mind has to be open and willing to understand and accept it in order for it to occur.