“If you do not consider yourself the most positive person you have ever known, don’t worry. The secret is that most of the perky people lie about how positive they are. Even the best of motivational teachers, speakers, or authors have their moments of private grief. No one in the world is purely positive nor absolutely negative. However, those whose livelihood depends upon promoting the concept of positive thinking have been able to convince the rest of the world that if you are not absolutely positive about life at all times and under any circumstances, then you are an inferior being.
The pressure of not being like “everyone else,” so optimistic and cheerful, is worse than actually experiencing negativity. We all thought, somehow, that something must have been terribly wrong with us, making us unable to embrace positivity. In truth, each one of us since the moment of our birth has been given a death sentence; only the date is unknown. However, the fact of death is always present in the deepest part of the subconscious mind. Between the time of birth and the time of death, we do the best we know how. If you and I have acted to the best of our abilities, it will more than fulfill the bargain we made with our Creator at the moment of birth.”
Chin-Ning Chu, in “Thick Face, Black Heart”
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