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b2ap3_thumbnail_joy.jpgWith every new year, we are told to assess our current life and begin making changes to all that is wrong and inadequate about ourselves. "Once and for all" we are expected to erase our short-comings by looking for what we lack, where we have failed, and pointing to our previous poor choices. "Look in the mirror" and start judging, for our own good, we are urged by self-help groups, healthcare professionals, and mainstream media...This self-criticism is supposed to motivate us for positive change; but we all know that it rarely does, at least not for long!

Railing on ourselves with a cruel inner critic is paralyzing, not motivating.

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Positive Thinking for Realists

Some people have the impression that positive thinking is all glitter and rainbows and a river in Egypt.

It’s true that positive means happy, good, and encouraging.  However, positive also means helpful, constructive, and tangible, or real.

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On the Darkest Night of My Soul I found My Light

This is the story of how I made the shift from a lifetime of negative thinking to a new life of positive thinking.

What does positive thinking really mean?  I used to think it meant thinking like an optimist.  I considered myself a realist back then, and thought optimists were only able to be optimistic because they had never suffered as I had.

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  • Danielle Blackwood
    Danielle Blackwood says #
    Thank you so much for sharing your deeply moving story. You are brave, you are amazing, I salute you.
  • Ashley Rae
    Ashley Rae says #
    Thank you so much for your kind words, Danielle!

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Transitioning from Survivor to Thriver

I have survived a lot in my life. Abuse, rape, neglect, homelessness, poverty, and depression top the list.

In fact, I've spent most of the last three decades surviving: getting past one overwhelming problem after another. If it's not worrying about how I'm going to pay the rent or where I'm going to live, it's a relationship done gone super-drama, a health crisis, or “someone needs my help and I'm going to help them even though I need help myself.”

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  • Jeanine Byers
    Jeanine Byers says #
    Yay for you!! Your story inspires me.
  • Tabitha Cole
    Tabitha Cole says #
    Ashley, this article really hit home, its beautiful and brought tears to my eyes, I am going to print it and reread it over severa
  • Ashley Rae
    Ashley Rae says #
    Thank you, Tabitha! Hold on to that hope and make it happen! ((HUGS))
  • Aleah Sato
    Aleah Sato says #
    Beautiful! I am glad you are able to use your experiences and turn them into gifts to help others and continue on a journey of pea
  • Ashley Rae
    Ashley Rae says #
    Thank you, Aleah!

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