Scene 9: “Putting Negativity in its Place”

Steve: “Notice we didn’t say, “How to get rid of the six sources”… we just said how to remedy them and put them in their place. If we got rid of them entirely we wouldn’t be the people we are and we might end up being pretty dull. But let’s make sure we take the toxicity out of our negative habits and be sure they don’t harm anybody.”

It’s possible to think that CRITICIZING, CORRECTING, DISAGREEING and COMPLAINING are sort of smart and cute and even cool. That’s what I used to think. But they aren’t; they’re not classy. Most people don’t like it. They’re not done in polite company… unless you do it with a little humor.

Krista: “And as for ANGER… well it’s part of who we are. So what’s it for? It’s for when an injustice happens, including to ourselves, You see somebody getting mistreated… You get angry. You get cheated in life… it’s certainly appropriate to get angry.”

Krista: But it can be destructive so be careful of it. It used to be used a lot with family members back when we didn’t know any better. It’s not cool now.

Ricky: “Inappropriate anger spreads an aura of negative energy in the home. Little children can be affected by it. I would not want to be married to a person who admits, “I have a bit of a temper.” or a man who says, “I can be hot tempered.”

Joe: “Once I was with a large group in a bus tour in England. We would pull up at a place and the bus driver told us how long we had to spend… we could visit the site perhaps have a bite to eat and then get back on the bus. Well we pulled up at Coventry Cathedral bombed during the war. I thought I heard the bus driver say we had an hour and forty minutes. I paired up with a lady who was hard of hearing. We spent an hour going thorough the old and the new cathedrals and had a bite to eat. Since we had another 40 minutes we just wandered around. When the time came to board the bus we noticed everybody was aboard. The driver said rather softly even in a pleasant voice, ”We’ve been waiting for forty minutes.” The people on the bus just clapped. (That was the usual punishment whenever anyone was late.) I learned a couple of great lessons that day. (1) Listen closely to bus drivers, guides and docents when they give directions. (2) You don’t have to say something in an angry voice to impress someone that their behavior is bad. I was so embarrassed with my bad behavior that day that I can visualize every bit of it in detail to this day… AND that bad behavior never happened again.”

Dave: “As for LOW SELF-ESTEEM, did you know that putting yourself down is just a bad habit. You were proud of yourself when you were three years old. So you picked up this bad habit later… probably in school.

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When you are 2, 3, 4 and 5 years old you are full of self confidence… you wouldn’t call the Queen your aunt. You don’t rely on any skills or talents for your self worth… just your simple self. “Here I am… like/love me or else it’s your loss.” This is what we have to get back to in order to be a healthy adult. It’s fun. It would be a great project for Lent. Take a piece of dissolving paper. List all your skills and talents that you are proud of, especially those that make you unsufferable to others. Then dissolve the paper in water. For the rest of the day and the days that follow walk around no longer depending on your skills and talents for your self worth… just your unadorned self. Gradually you will realize that your unadorned self is not unadorned at all. All those fascinating parts of you that were there when you were 3, 4 and 5 will come back to the fore. You will be fun and we will be meeting the real you for the first time.

Joe: “I once spent a month in England. I came back with the term “lovely”. It’s a great word. I use it a lot. Everyone is born lovely. “In the image of God He created us.” But when you hide yourself you cover over your loveliness. We don’t know who you really are. Back in the 1970s there was an important book: “Why Am I Afraid to tell you who I am.” There is a great, lovely person hiding inside with skills and charm and uniqueness. If you’re not showing these it might be because you’re with the wrong crowd. Let yourself out. We’re anxious to meet you. How to do it? Relax. Stop trying to impress. Just be. Take a deep breath, straighten up and walk out the door just yourself. Walk around in the sunshine as though you have just been born. If you see some people smile and let them all just be. Get used to letting be. Let yourself be. Gradually as the months go on you will be taking your 5 year old self and bringing him/her back to life in an adult form the way you should have grown up in the first place. You will be fun to be around.”

Steve: “Be sure to take a course in public speaking. I recommend the Dale Carnegie course. It is very easy because you will be with people as shy as yourself. You will feel very comfortable and it will do wonders for your self esteem.”

Joe: “Wait! Hold it! You don’t want to get rid of them altogether. They are part of your personality… even your charm. And you need them to function in a household. But if they are insufferable to others you need to take the toxicity out of them.”

Patti: “So take them back but remember they can be insufferable so stop flaunting them. And yes, apologize: “Here I go again being a know-it-all.” “Sorry to be bossy but…” This will add even more charm to your personality.”

Joe: “You know what’s really wrong with most of these? You overpower everybody else. You loom up too big and important. You become the center of the stage. What do you think that does to people around you? You smother them. Their dreams can’t find expression. Nobody hears their songs. They don’t skip and jump and dance.

“So cool it. Play down your great talents for a while. Give them a rest. Let somebody else have a go at it.

Turn to Scene 10: “Confrontation”