It was uncanny – but serendipity and synchronicity always are!

The book had been sitting on my desk for a couple of months, just inviting me to pick it up.  Our good friend, Brian Johnson, had gracious sent us a copy of his fun and pithy A Philosopher’s Notes: On Optimal Living, Creating an Authentically Awesome Life and Other Such Goodness. 

I had been meaning to give it a good look.  I know Brian has done an extraordinary job with his PhilosophersNotes and its book summaries of hundreds of the top personal growth books.  (I am tickled to share that The Power of TED* was the first one he wrote.)

Finally, last week, before heading off on the road, I picked it up, saying to myself, “OK – you’re going with me on the plane!”  Quite randomly, I opened the book and – lo and behold – found myself looking at pages 26 & 27, on which was written:

“The difference between Optimism and Pessimism is really quite simple.  It’s all about our orientation to the world.

In any given moment we either choose (yes, it’s a CHOICE) an empowering perspective or a disempowering one.  We choose to be Victim or we choose to be Creators.

The trick is to practice noticing when we’re slipping into the Victim perspective.  Disempowerment is a one-way ticket to ickville.  We can develop the clarity of intention and the strength of will to STOP doing the disempowering stuff that’s destroying our lives.

So how do we catch ourselves?

If you’re complaining, criticizing, blaming, gossiping and comparing, you can be pretty sure you’re hanging out in Victimland – the unhappiest place on Earth.

Find the exit by asking yourself a simple question: ‘What do I want?’

Whereas the Victim constantly focuses on all the things that’re wrong in their lives (and with everyone else around them – which is really just a reflection of all the inner angst), the Creator gets clear on what she wants.

So, what do you want?”

BTW, the footnote on page 27 says: “Check out the wise little fable called The Power of TED* by David Emerald for more goodness on this!”

Great reminder, Brian, that we all have the capacity to choose between a Victim Orientation and a Creator Orientation.