RANT: Practice the Positive


“I wish we had a bigger house”; “I just need more time”; “If he would just put his dishes in the dishwasher; if I could just lose 10 pounds…”

How many times a day do you reflect on the things you DON’T have or DON’T LIKE?

We are constantly barraged with images of what ‘beautiful’ is, what ‘happiness’ is, or of how we should look and act.  We’re left feeling like we are not good enough, rich enough, thin enough, doing enough.

This week, I am Practicing the Positive.

If/when a negative, ‘grass is greener’ thought arises I’m yelling “Stop!” (maybe not out loud, but in my head) and immediately thinking of something great that I’ve done or a quality I like in myself.

Not to get all Jack Handy (“I’m good enough, smart enough, and doggonit, people like me”) on you, but seriously people, focus on the positive.

(“I’m so grateful I can ambulate….I was never sold in to sex slavery….I have people to love in my life…at any moment I can break in to song or dance if I want to…maybe I will”)

Ever notice how others are drawn to positive, playful people?  Stop moaning and groaning about what’s not perfect in your life and start appreciating the people and experiences you have.  Be that fantastically fun and positive person.

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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