A couple of the talks I listened to at the NJ conference the other day were by Amanda and Ed Carpenter. With COR, Amanda expands upon all sorts of health-related themes, tying back to arborist health matters – or how to stay healthy on the job. Certainly a topic which ought to concern us all…
A strong take-away message from Amanda’s talks is how a positive mind-set can play a major role in how your physical body copes with injury and/ or damage, emphasising strongly the power of positive thought.
I agree with this view. Psychologists and therapists after all use this connection between physical form and emotional or mental state when working with patients, to read them or to modify the one or the other aspect. Your physical form is closely linked to your mental state – and vice versa.
I believe one can get carried away with the benefit of constantly viewing the world through positive goggles. It is not a matter of whether the proverbial glass is half full or half empty, rather I encounter instances in my professional life where considering negative outcomes can at times be essential when attempting to anticipate potentially adverse outcomes, for example during a rigging operation or when planning a crane pick. In such instances, I would argue that there is a positive power in negative thinking (I think the only reason I am writing this blog post is so that I could write that phrase 😉).
What I take away from this is that positive and negative views all have their place, and that we should use them discerningly depending upon the situation in which we find ourselves and not let ourselves get blinkered either by overly-negative or by unrealistically optimistic thought.