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- The Power of Choosing a Positive Perception
- Series Title:
- IUF 1000: What is the Good Life
- Irvine, Tracie
- University of Florida
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- Summer 2018 Competition
- My life has been filled with what many would call negative events, I used to consider them
negative events too until I discovered the power of perception. I believe that, through the power
of choosing a positive perception, I can always enjoy life regardless of my circumstances.
- David Wallace said in
This is Water
that we need to be â€œconscious and aware enough to choose
what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience.â€ As I
continued to read
This is Water
, memories of past experiences flooded my mind.
- My first thirty years of marriage was filled with what I interpreted as one negative event after
another. My husband, Terry, broke his back at the age of 20. I cried at every baby shower
because we were unable to have kids. He almost died of cancer at 28, during a â€œroutine back
surgeryâ€ he almost bled to death when surgeons caused a cyst on his spinal cord, they even told
me to come say â€œgood byeâ€ because he only had hours to live. Later he almost died again from
the Hepatitis C he got from all the blood transfusions. After 3 unsuccessful surgeries to repair his
spinal cord, they said he would never walk again.
- During his three months at Dallas Rehab, his boss told him he didnâ€™t want a producer/director in
a wheelchair and demoted him to telemarketer, and a week later I lost my job at a bank that
closed due to a massive land-investment scam. We had to move in with friends.
- So far all of this seems tragic doesnâ€™t it? Well, it was about this time that we realized we had
chosen negative perspectives when, in reality, we were incredibly blessed! We failed to
recognize how blessed beyond measure we were during these events, and how wonderfully
things kept working out in the end.
- While living at Dallas Rehab a lady suddenly gave us her baby. This miracle is what started our
understanding of perspective. We realized how blessed we were to
have children until now
due to all his hospital stays and time-consuming recoveries. And we realized that even though
human choices and mistakes had caused all this stuff, that God had done miracles on our behalf
each and every time.
- Every time they said he would never again walk, he walked. When the cancer made Terry too
sick to move, he asked God to either heal him or take him home. The next day he woke up with
energy and discovered the following week he had been healed. Terry didnâ€™t die from the botched
operation or Hep-C, and a few years later he found out he didnâ€™t have Hep-C anymore, he had
been healed again.
- Now when something interrupts our idea of â€œThe Good Lifeâ€ we follow Wallaceâ€™s direction, we
â€œconsciously decide what has meaningâ€ and cry, â€œPlot Changeâ€ and start counting our blessings,
and find ways we can bless others during the crisis.
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- Works Cited
Wallace, David F. "This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about
Living a Compassionate Life." 2005 Commencement at Kenyon College. Kenyan College,
Gambier, OH. Speech.
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