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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The power of positive thinking.

A few days ago, I was working on my computer while my kids watched Super Why on PBS. The main character, incidentally and cleverly named Wyatt, was helping a little pig who couldn’t build train tracks. A certain phrase that a certain three-year-old uses emphatically on occasion caught my attention.

They go on to help a prince win his father’s kingdom by helping him first find and then fly a magic carpet by the power of positive thinking. I love shows that teach something, but I think they missed the mark with Griffin. The little pig learns a lesson about positive thinking from the magic carpet prince and is able to build his train tracks at the end, but Griffin conveniently ignores this positive change of heart.

So, what is this phrase that shows up in our lives from time to time? “I’ll never be able to do this. Never. Never. Never.” Way to ignore the message of the piece and instead pick up a frustrating, although passionate catch-phrase.

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