So, this has been quite a "thing" for me lately, and I'm wondering what some of my TDPRI friends' take on the science of our personal energy might be. I've just come out of the absolute WORST year (on multiple levels) in my life. Crushing financial blows, weeks on end away from home, health problems, job stress....you name it. By the end of this past summer, it was getting to the point where I couldn't eat. I was losing weight (not the good way) and I felt like a ticking time bomb. I wouldn't sleep for days...it was just not good. It took some good friends (including some on this very forum) to point out that if I didn't make some adjustments in my life, it would be a limited engagement. So, after much thought, and advice from friends, I decided to attempt to purge my life of as much negative energy as possible. Looking only for the good in people and situations. Not allowing things that I cannot control to bother me as much. Valuing the blessings I have in my life, like 4 good, respectful, hardworking children, and an amazing wife who holds things together while I'm on the road. Positive energy only. It was not easy at first. Especially when things come at you at the pace I was getting it. But slowly things began to seem...well....not so bad. Then, the night before Thanksgiving, I was out on the road alone in the middle of nowhere, in the dead of night, and my car broke down in a McDonalds parking lot. I started to completely panic and lose it. I remember sitting there thinking that this was it. Chuck it all, I just cant take anymore. Then as if by divine intervention, a small handful of strangers in McDonald's stepped into my life and took over. A young woman who spoke no English, brought me coffee and showed me photos of her kids. Two young men left their posts at the cash register to try and get my car going. Anxiety began to fade and I began to feel that perhaps this was a test. A turning point. Finally the tow truck company owner showed up and started up my car, taking no payment other than the promise to swing by and buy him a coffee someday when I was passing through. On this day, I truly had an epiphany. I realized that no matter how bad things get, there's always a way out. The sun will still come up tomorrow and provide you with another day and another chance to get things right. And if you try to be good and seek good, then good things will happen to you. Our lives are all about energy and balance. And when we change the way we look at things, the things we look at will change. Since this day, I can't tell you how much my quality of life has improved. Yes, I'm still struggling. Yeah, I worry a bit, but no longer to the point of making myself ill. And....things are starting to improve in my life too. I even have a new job opportunity on the horizon. No turning back for me. I've always been a pretty positive person, but we all have our tipping point. Its what happens next that matters. I never took too much stock in things like "positive energy" and chakras and chi and Karma and all that. Now...well my outlook has changed and I can truly feel it physically. I'm sure there has to be some science to it, who knows? I do know its making my life better.