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 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!