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Mad Jack Hanks: When life gets hard, it pays to have mindful thoughts

A number of years ago, gentle readers, a feller by the handle of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote a book titled "The Power Of Positive Thinking." My mother, on many occasions, tried to get me to read this inspirational book. Not to be.

I was too busy living life and after all, young folks usually have not encountered so much in their young lives that they stop to consider "positive thinking".

I know in high school football there was a sign in the locker room that read, "it's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog"! I reckon you could call that positive thinking, but that was about the extent of my leaning towards some old man's philosophy.

Hummm…most likely I missed some important lessons in my younger years.

“Ya know, by the time you read this that old hairy critter will have poked his head out to see if he can find his shadow and then we’ll see how much winter is left.”

I can see where it might be purt near unlikely you could think positive as you are sailing over the dashboard of some bronc right in line with a rock pile lined with cactus.

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Maybe, if when you surveyed your livestock after a hundred-year blizzard to find you had lost 65 percent of your herd, it would be pretty hard to think that all is surely gonna' be okay. For you readers that have stuck with me through thick and thin, and I thank you for that, you know there were times in our family that there was no way to think positive, end of story, period.

It always seems to get better and it did. I think I would have felt a little guilty by thinking positive when my dying wife looked at me and said, "I just need to die and let you get on with your life!" Sad, my friend, sad, sad, sad, and there was not a positive thought to be found anywhere. Nowhere!

Just the same, the message of positive thinking certainly has it's place. I just watched a video of a young man in his twenties born with no arms and no legs and yet he went to schools, prisons, churches and anywhere folks might need a positive message.

Yep, there is always a time and a need for positive thoughts and I encourage you to shell out as many as often as you can.

Ya know, by the time you read this, that old hairy critter will have poked his head out to see if he can find his shadow and then we'll see how much winter is left.

That's kinda silly, it doesn't seem to matter one way or the other. Could it be I'm not thinking positive enough?

Take care, stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion, be as positive about the troubling things in your life as you can and I'll c. y'all, all y'all. ❖

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