Daily Prompt: Flangiprop!

Invent a definition for the word “flangiprop,” then use the word in a post. 

When I cringed while re-reading my last post, I knew it was time to take a hard look in the mirror and consider what I’m putting out to the world, attitude-wise. I’ve not usually thought of myself as a pessimistic person, despite my husband’s frequent admonishment to “stop being so negative”. I always respond to him by saying that I’m just being realistic, not pessimistic. But maybe I’ve been kidding myself. I don’t like feeling like a whiner. My intent for this blog has always been to be a positive part of people’s lives, something they would look forward to reading and get something useful from.

When I got today’s Daily Prompt in the mail, I decided that the definition of Flangiprop is:

(v.) To suddenly realize that your blog has drifted off course and commit to getting back on the right path with renewed vigor.

So I hereby decree that I have flangipropped! I’m rebooting my brain with a positive outlook and a focus on the healing powers of nature. Um…you know…as you’d expect on a blog called Nature is My Therapy. Sheesh.

I can't see the sunshine!

I can’t see the sunshine!

I think I sometimes see the world through a cracked and dirty window that only lets me see what’s wrong, obscuring the beauty and wonder of the natural world. So I’ve tossed out that broken glass and am starting fresh. I’m not promising that there won’t be distressing things here sometimes, but let’s say I’m shooting for 90% positive. I do think there’s value in sharing life’s difficulties, especially for the highly-sensitive readers who come here hoping to see me rising above those hardships rather than being beaten down by them.

As cliché as it may sound, I’m immersing myself in some self-help reading and am already feeling a brighter outlook. (It doesn’t hurt that the sun is shining brightly now!) I’m being reminded of the gifts of my highly-sensitive temperament, and gaining courage to talk more openly about them. Elaine Aron’s book, The Highly-Sensitive Person, has been “Kim’s User Manual” since I discovered it over a decade ago, and many of the insights I’ll share here have come from her amazing work. I can’t count the times I’ve recommended this book to friends over the years; it’s that good. (I’ll sometimes be using Dr. Aron’s abbreviation HSP for highly-sensitive person/people.)

So I look forward to having some uplifting conversations about nature — birds, mammals, mountains, rivers, trees, clouds — as well as about how interacting with nature is healthy and life-affirming for all of us, HSPs and non-HSPs. Thanks for sticking around!

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6 Responses to Flangiprop!

  1. You have inspired me to order that book on my Kindle. I’m not big on self-help books, but I seem to remember you talking about the book before and thinking I should get it. This time around I decided to act.

    I like your new word. 🙂

  2. drbobsbirds says:

    I first thought only about frangipani (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plumeria) and apropos http://www.thefreedictionary.com/apropos. I looked them up and got basically: “an opportune and to the point lovely irritant flower that needs lots of sun”. Go Kim!!! As you explore yourself, you are finding the light you need, and in the process, are sharing the quest and fesults with us!

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  4. Littlesundog says:

    I grinned at the start of this post because I too have been called a pessimist, and I always answer back that I’m a realist!! Self-help books have helped me over the years as have some good conversations with close friends. Being open to any kind of positive influence AND living in the moment can help us move forward to create something better for ourselves. I love that you are exploring your thoughts… and that you’ve recognized that you are a flangipropper! Good gosh, that word just SOUNDS negative!!

    • Kim says:

      Long live the self-help genre! They may get mocked by some, but when you really need them they can be a great way to see that you’re not alone in your feelings. And that’s a good start to feeling better.

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