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“I left the legislature in 2002 after serving 2 years as Caucus
Chairman, 9 years as Minority Leader and 7 years as Speaker of the
House. Look what the two of you helped start. …Good luck Rick in
your run for the legislature. You will be outstanding.”
Former State Representative Clyde Ballard
(E. Wenatchee, Washington)
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Connections To Positive Psychology
In 2007, I learned from reading Dr. Martin Seligman’s book, “Learned
Optimism” that Mom had taught me to be an optimist. Of the three
“origins of optimism”, I come relatively blessed:
Mother’s explanatory style – if the mother’s style is permanent,
pervasive and personal about bad events, the children learn to be
pessimistic and vice versa
Adult criticism – adults can be powerful “wizards”, both for the
good and bad. When I was a wee lad, I was sitting on a log in a saw
horse while my brother Al who was ten years older was cutting the
log into stove lengths with a hand “buck” saw. A family friend
commented to me, “You are quite a helper, aren’t you?” And that is
something I have said to myself many times as a kid (“positive
self-talk”), and what I grew up to be.
Child’s Life Crises – we had things tough, to the point my sister
would say, “I’m flat busted! And I don’t have any money either.”
But, we really didn’t have crises, and others around us were not all
that much better off than we were.
So I was one of the lucky ones, when it comes to learning optimism and
willingness to try new things, which has come in handy when the events
in my life called for me to be resilient.
(For much more on
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My Life Looked at Through a Different Lens
The Importance of Education: The Huge Potential
in All of Us
Mom’s Mental Toughness and What Rubbed Off On
Powerful Personal Development Influences in My
Growing Connections With My Boys - With
A Formula for Success (a short story of my
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One Last Story, but Not About Me