So 11/11/11 is coming up! What will it mean for you? There are several doomsday prophecies that tie this date to the supposed 12/21/12 end of the world/awakening. There’s also plenty of scientific information to debunk the prophecies. So, will 11/11/11 be a good day, or a bad day? Guess what? It’s going to be what you make of it.
Recently, a friend asked whether we should categorize the things that happen to us as “good” or “bad,” or if, taking a more Zen viewpoint, we should just say that things “are,” and move on. My feeling is that things are going to happen, and how we perceive a given situation is a matter of personal choice. Here is how I answered my friend: Whether something is “good” or “bad” is relative – and it’s important to remain focused on the positive. Every bad thing that happens can be a learning experience; if it’s something that causes grief or anger, it’s important to recognize those feelings and deal with them – not gloss over them with a “positive” paintbrush – but eventually, after the healing is done, if you have let yourself grow from that experience then it can be very good. It’s a matter of making a conscious decision, a choice, to always be learning and always be looking for the positive.
As Johnny Mercer said, even Jonah, trapped in the dark belly of the whale, knew: you gotta “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate” the positive, eliminate the negative, and don’t mess with Mr. In-Between.
The fact is, as pointed out in Everett T. Suter’s book, Succeed In Spite of Yourself, when we have a positive outlook on life, we “raise our sights to higher levels. We look beyond the lower need-levels” and are able to concentrate on achieving goals and building our future. Assuming, of course, that we have a future – let’s hope humanity doesn’t get wiped out anytime soon.
As for the doomsday prophets, they can take comfort in the wisdom of Keats: “Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true.”