Giving a Voice to the Silence offers positive angles to the issue that faces those with mental illness. Living with Schizo-Affective Disorder and being able to share my experiences with others, is the best way I know how to pay it forward. Life can be difficult, my goal is to bring a bit of hope to a place where many feel there is none.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

"P" is for Positive Thoughts #atozblogchallenge



I am always on the lookout for quotes, affirmations and songs that speak for me and put into words what I may not be able to find on my own.  I came across an article that spoke of the song  "Colors of the wind" from the movie Pocahontas. I have watched it many times, and it happens to be one of my favorite tunes from the movie, but when it is broken down as the writer of the article did, you can see how the song pertains to our lives and gives us hope by showing us the positive side of nearly everything.  

Here is my take on it.

"She goes wherever the wind takes her"  -  Kekata    

This really speaks to me and my personality; I am a wanderer by nature and long to travel the world in search of adventure, knowledge and experience.  I have a tattoo on my left forearm that says dreamer; it is who I am. I was never one to follow the pack, and this  phrase is a reminder to me when I feel I need to conform.  The words offer me the courage to stand on my own.

"He wants me to be stead like the river, but it's not steady at all." - Pocahontas

Oh, how many times I have heard this phrase spoken directly to me.  People are under the assumption that you must be what everyone else is, follow the path drawn out for you and do not create a wrinkle in the plan, or in this case do not upset the calm of the river.  Pocahontas knows that they do not see what she does, the possibilities and hope in the ever-changing  water, and in the world. 

"Listen  with your heart, you will understand" -   Grandmother Willow

Our hearts know the truth; it is the one part of us that we have a hard time following, because we do not trust it.  We look instead for more logical explanations or follow pre-written plans instead of what we feel to be right.  By not going with what we believe, we find sadness and a loss of faith in our capabilities as a person.

"You think the only people who are people, are the people ho look and think like you. But, if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you'll learn things you never knew you never knew. - Pocahontas

We are taught growing up to conform; that certain people are different and therefore, should not be trusted.  There is no real rhyme or reason for this, only what has been handed from generation to generation.  If we are given the chance though, we would be surprised what is right in front of us that could not be seen before.

There are many more of these snippets of a song, but the main idea is this, no matter what is thrown at us throughout the course of a day or week, step back for a moment and try to see what is really going on.  Are you being challenged in some way?  Is what you are doing what your heart  tells you is right?  This is where the positive thinking comes into play.  It is in these moments that we must believe in ourselves, and we are capable of. 

Positive thoughts, even if found within a song, poem, or over heard in another conversation is good for us.  It brings us to the place we need to be and reminds of all that is possible, if we only believe in ourselves.