The concept is simple: quote, reflection, affirmation. I unsubscribed for awhile a couple of years ago when I had a particularly bad attitude and wanted to cling to my depression, but I came back. Many of the emails are repeats, and I've started to have my favorites. Sometimes it's the quote that packs a wallop, other times Brook's reflection strikes a chord, and still other times the quote and the reflection are okay but the affirmation is just what I needed to here. This is the one that came this morning, and it's one that always makes me sit up a little taller and open my eyes a little wider. And this time, I saw a dialectic in it very much like what I am practicing in dialectical behavior therapy.
Self-talk is a special language. I don't know if I'm an optimist, a pessimist, or a 'poptomist,' but I am a linguist. I appreciate the opportunity to use language to explore parts of me that aren't made up with words. That's part of why I'm out here in the blogosphere, being vulnerable with friends and complete strangers; I need to practice the language of emotions and positive self-talk. And to teach it. I taught French and Spanish for many years, words fascinate me, and I approach everything as if it were a language (even math). So I can't really learn this new language unless I have a way to share it with others who might need to learn it, too.
Thanks for the practice session. You are way better than flashcards.