A THOUGHT

“The way to happiness: keep your heart free from hate, your mind free from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Fill your life with love. Scatter sunshine. Forget self, think of others. Do as you would be done by. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.” Norman Vincent Peale

As a child, my Dad always kept a copy of Norman Vincent Peale’s book, “The Power of Positive Thinking” on the table near his chair. I have fond memories of him reading, a newspaper or book always in his hands. This image has been clear and bright this week as I have attempted to string together seven days of positive thinking. Throughout the years I would often pick up his book (sheepishly, when Dad wasn’t there), and without much thought; read short passages. Later in life, when I would visit my home, this book, a mystery to me,  was always placed carefully near my Dad’s reading spot. I have never read it cover to cover. One reason, this was a sacred Dad spot. My family system was not democratic;  it was without question, authoritarian. I did not dare touch his things. Later in life, I believed this book to be the work of a zealous right-wing  preacher, and oh my God, why did Dad read this stuff?

I really do not know if my active mind embraced anything positive from my Dad’s book but I do know that, recently, I mysteriously found myself connected and enrolled in the 2016 MKMMA class. It’s week 7. Assignment. No negative thoughts for 7 days, a mental diet. Really?  I have been facing lots of personal challenges. My external life appears to be a mess, and now I know, my internal world has created this. I have been labeled strong and courageous as well as playing the victim this week. Throughout all of this, I believe I am a positive person.

I was introduced to the 7 Laws of the Mind and began to employ the Law of Substitution to sustain positive thoughts this week. Truly, I have not been able to make it through one day.  However,  I know Substitution is effective however as, when I recognize negative thoughts,  I am able to transform them into positive ones. As I practice, positive thoughts are becoming more definitive and taking shape more quickly. I am making progress.

ONE LOVE. Lucinda










7 thoughts on “LUCINDA MKMMA WEEK 7

  1. Lucinda, I love your beautiful and candid post. I too have had a lot of difficulty this week with the mental diet. Although I am normally a very positive person, concern about the way one of my adult children is treating his wife, continually creeps into my mind. I catch myself dwelling on negative thoughts and use the Law of Substitution to get back on track over and over. Yes, I too have memories of my mother telling me “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” The search for improvement is in our genes. I feel fortunate to be learning how to train my brain to remain positive. Peace


    1. Hi Vincent…thank you for your honest comment. When i know i am not alone in striving to change, it is really inspiring to me. It is not the same as your situation but I have a brain injured son (adult) and his behavior has been quite aggressive towards caregivers. The law of giving has helped me a lot as well as the law of substitution. I send love to you and your son, that is definitely a


    2. i apologize, pushed send before i finished. Sending love and peace to you and your son. We can do this Vincent! One Love. Lucinda


  2. You are such a beautiful writer and I just love your stories! You are making such progress. Keep doing the work within and it will continue to come. Much love!

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  3. I came back and reread this today, I still love it. Lucinda your heart radiates large the love that flows through you in almost every word you write. Letting this beautiful love flow back to you, as you very much deserve it. You are LOVED. ❤ ❤ ❤


  4. Thank you for “still thinking of [yourself] as a positive person” … recognizing that “moving in that direction” is a wonderful life business and that not being there yet is perfectly fine. ❤️ Miriam


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