:-) Got some cute emails today after Barbara Ehrenreich was interviewed on public radio in New York for her new book which, thank heavens, is trying to kick a hole in the relentless demand for positive thinking that has swamped this country for so many years. I think she'll make a real dent and I'm grateful for that.
But, as all of you know, I've been making fun of positive thinking -- that is, the notion that you should force yourself to feel positive and that will make the sun shine and your stocks go up, the thought that negative thinking can give you cancer and make it rain frogs -- for over 30 years.
I'm pretty sure I even make fun of it on You Tube. I mention it in every one of my books, and I open every workshop by saying:
"You went to school, held down a job, raised a kid and stuck to it year after year after year. So let me ask you this:
Did you do it with a Positive Attitude?
Did you do it with a Negative Attitude?
Or did you do it with any damn attitude you woke up with that day?
I even wrote a cartoon booklet I've been meaning to make available on geniuspress.com that's called: How To Get What You Really Want Even If You Have No Goals, No Character and You're Often in a Lousy Mood
So I don't want anyone under 40, in the next 10 years saying, 'It's great that you're following Ehrenreich's lead on this positive thinking thing.' I think she's great. She may have a much bigger impact than I've had (my beloved fans continue to insist I'm spiritual no matter how I protest), but there is a place for ego to give credit where it's due, and at 74 I'm in a position to declare and confirm make a fuss about the fact that I got there first and have been fighting -- almost alone -- to get the word out to the world.
And thanks, BE. Glad to have the company :-)