Positivity Hype = Collatoral Negativity

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“It is easy to believe that our ultimate path is way ahead of us, not reflected in our challenges with money and unresolved emotional issues, not reflected in our relationship issues and self-doubts, but that’s a big mistake. We need a foundation- egoically, emotionally and structurally- before we can fly. And we build that foundation in the heart of our challenges. THOSE WHO CAN’T EMBRACE THEIR SHADOW CAN’T EMBRACE THEIR LIGHT- they may feel en’light’ened, but the light is infused with denial. The idea that our purpose is some giant thing and that everything else is a deviation from it is a misnomer perpetuated by the ungrounded positivity movement. It’s all sacred purpose- structure building, emotional healing, life’s challenging lessons- so long as we have the intention to grow.”
Jeff Brown, Facebook Status, July 25, 2013

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Its unfortunate, but the positivity movement has become about money, greed. Telling people growth is messy, really painful, long and difficult is a poor business model. On the other hand, telling people all they have to do to be happy and have all their dreams fulfilled is to think positive is a great business model. Tapping into our modern cultural preference for instant gratification, magic answers and silver bullets, is how the positivity movement became a multi-billion dollar industry. Bright-sided, How Positive Thinking is Undermining America by Barbara Ehrenreich is a great read about this.   Highly recommend it and her blog.  Barbara’s Blog: Are Women Getting Sadder?.

Kudos, Hoorays and Blessings for authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Jeff Brown helping to keep things ‘real’!

Just sayin’ 🙂 ❤


About tether abundance

abundance tetherer, social advocate, bodacious blogger, jill of all trades, rebel businesswoman, ah-ha coach, caring friend, soul sister, blessed daughter, laughin', learnin' & lovin' along the thrilling roller coaster journey of my life. Personable and perceptive, I'm all about the abundance, the glass half full, I get jazzed about making a difference where I can together with other people. Like everyone, I've lived through the good, the bad and the ugly times, personally and professionally, that are inevitable in life's journey. Along the way, I've been fortunate to learn non-stop, get a BSc.and MBA, and had my fair share of success over 28 years working with a fascinating array of people in a diverse range of industries, sectors and organizations, from single person entrepreneurs to global Fortune 500 companies.
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