Optical Rectalitis

optical rectalitisIt’s an old joke… optical rectalitis – a condition where a nerve from your eyes gets crossed with a nerve from your butt and you have a crappy outlook on life. Of course, this is a made up malady, but it does illustrate the importance of our attitudes in how we see the world.

Optical Rectalitis

Your circumstances might dictate your happiness to some degree, and some even believe that our genetics play a significant part on how we experience and feel about life on a daily basis, but nothing is more important than our attitudes when it comes to our overall sense of happiness.

The truth is that attitude often trumps circumstances and genes when it comes to happiness. Because unlike your circumstances or your genetic makeup, over which you have little or no control, you can always control your attitude.

Therefore, while optical rectalitis is not really a real thing… having a bad attitude is. Your attitude makes a difference in everything! It can affect whether you reach a goal or if you will give up. It can determine whether a challenging situation will bring out the best in you or bring out your worst.

Optical rectalitis, a bad attitude, or pessimism is not a death sentence. Your perspective on life and how you view the world is not set in stone. You can always practice new ways of thinking and the best way to do that is to focus on the positive. However, it does take practice.

If you see everything negatively, you will feel affected and maybe even a touch victimized and everything will always seem bad or hopeless. But if you focus on what is positive, the chances are high that you will see more positive to the situation than you initially realized.

Your choice of perspective is just that… your choice. Or as Carlos Castaneda wrote:

“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.”

Avoid optical rectalitis by refusing to wallow in your feelings or thoughts that are negative or pessimistic in nature. Choose to be optimistic and to have faith by taking actions that will not only produce positive feelings but also positive outcomes or results.

Practice positive thinking and optimism until it becomes a habit or the natural set point for your attitude and you will never succumb to optical rectalitis or at the very least, only “catch” a mild case of it every now and again.

WARNING: Optical Rectalitis has been known to be highly contagious and you can catch it as easily as you can pass it on to others… Fortunately the antidote, a positive attitude, is just as contagious… which would you rather pass on?

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo by Andy Wooten 17 September 2005

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