Pozitoodinally Righteous

It is going to be a fucking great day!  No really, a smashingly fucking great day!  Why, WHY NOT FUCKERS!

Soooo much going on and none of it in reality.  Think about that for a minute.  Neurons are working overtime this week spreading the pozitoodinal love.

Recent feedback on pozitood has been great.  We’re actually getting a few converts over to the bright side of pozitood.  Shit, you might dare to say we’re getting pozi-traction!  Those beacons of pozitood are standing out like a lighthouse on a foggy Vineyard night.

Spoke with some folks over the holiday and they are embracing the live today and spread the love and it’s fucking making a difference in their lives.


It was funny; too me at least, one of them said that they never realized that there is so much negativity at every level of interaction in the world today.  They witnessed it at work, out in the populous, driving, at home – simply everywhere.

I thought of a great analogy (great to me at least).  6 Years ago I was forced by the state of Massachusetts to abstain from any drugs or alcohol for a year.  Yep, I was stupid and got caught driving while intoxicated.  Actually, I didn’t get caught.  I caught myself by driving into a telephone pole 100 yards from my driveway.  Not one of those pozitoodinal moments in my life.  But hey, we learned and moved forward and yes I went a year with no drugs or alcohol.  Back to my point…..

I had no idea how much alcohol had ingrained itself into the fabric of this country until I wasn’t drinking.  My god talk about a problem.  The biggest challenge was in the business arena.  Try to take a big customer out for dinner and not have a drink.  Yikes, it would have been easier to tell them I had ebola. 

Much like alcohol, negativity has ingrained itself throughout our society.  As we’ve discussed in the past, it doesn’t help to have said negativity reinforced by every form of media today.  It’s funny, but we seem to have an easier time of saying something negative about someone or too someone rather than saying something positive.

Shit, I know there are times when you need to be critical or remand someone for their actions but it can be done with a positive tone.  I read a blog the other day where someone told someone to fuck off.  Maybe that person could have shared their actual feelings rather than telling the person to fuck off…..hate will kill ya quicker than a hollow point to the temple.

Having recently joined the army of the unemployed I had the opportunity to speak with a vocational counselor who asked me what I did and if I could share one of the most proud things I did in my corporate tenure.  I thought about it for a few minutes and relayed the following proud corporate moment….

About 5 years ago I had a woman working for me who was in her mid 50’s and a nurse.  Note:  nurses are the worst patients in the world.  This nurse had been having a tough go with diabetes and was out of work a lot.  So much so that unbeknownst to my boss, I let her work from home a couple days of the week.

One day she came in to me and told me that she was going to take a leave of absence to deal with her illness.  She relayed the fact that her doctor had told her that she needed to begin a dialysis treatment regiment that was going to be painful and to some extent embarrassing to her.  She told me she had decided against her family wishes and not undertake the dialysis treatment and she told me she was ready to die.

I sat there for a few minutes reflecting on what she had told me.  I looked at Mary (not her real name) and said, “Mary we’ve known each other for 12 years and you’ve worked for me directly for 4 years.  In all that time I have known you to be opinionated, a pain in my ass, stubborn and at times impossible to manage yet I have never, ever known you to be a quitter.  To be honest Mary, I am shocked by the fact that you of all people would decide at this time to quit and not have the dialysis treatment, to be honest I am disappointed in your decision.”

Mary thanked me for my honest feedback and left my office, packed up her stuff and started her leave of absence.

About a week later I received a call from Mary’s brother Alan (not his real name).  I took the call and Alan said that he and his family wanted to thank me. 

“Why, I asked?

“I don’t know what you said to Mary but she said that you were the one to convince her to have the dialysis treatment that will save her life,” said Alan.

Dumbfound I sat there and said nothing for a good 30 seconds.  Then I said to Alan, “thanks, I didn’t tell Mary anything she didn’t already know, I just had to remind her of the power she has within herself and light the fuse for her to act on it.”

“Well whatever you said, you saved my sisters life and we all want you to know how much we appreciate what you did,” Alan finished.

The vocational counselor sat there and simply looked at me and said, “I don’t know if I ever worked with someone quite like you.”  “Oh, I can guarantee you Sylvia, you have never worked with someone like me,” I said.

 With that I leave you with the lyrics from a brilliant song, written for a brilliant star whose light was extinguished way too early……shine on Syd where ever you may be.  Cheers

Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Waters, Gilmore)

Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Now there’s a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
You were caught on the crossfire of childhood and stardom,
blown on the steel breeze.
Come on you target for faraway laughter,
come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine!
You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Threatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Well you wore out your welcome with random precision,
rode on the steel breeze.
Come on you raver, you seer of visions,
come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!


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  1. Ellen Fenner

    Wow…. just wow…. for now…..

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