Day 1183: The positive and the negative

In life, in batteries, and in mathematics,  the positive and the negative have to coexist.

In my life (which has depended on  cardiac pacemaker batteries for the past 53 years), I have encountered the positive and the negative.

Throughout my positive-and-negative life, I’ve been told I have a surprisingly positive attitude, considering all the negative experiences I’ve encountered.

On my medical dream team, there is a more positive cardiologist and a more negative cardiologist.  In other words, one cardiologist accentuates the positive and another one focuses on the negative.  Both work very hard to help keep me alive and well.

When I see and hear the positive,  I feel better. When I see and hear the negative, I feel worse. Even though my logical mind knows they both, together, provide necessary balance, my very unusual heart reacts positively to the positive and negatively to the negative, every time.

10 days ago, I heard the negative words “heart failure” from one cardiologist.  Since then, my heart has been struggling.   Today, after I publish this positive-and-negative post, I’m going back to the place where I heard those negative words. I am positive that my heart needs to say something, to maintain the balance of hope and caution so necessary for survival.

What will I say, today, to communicate to my medical team how we can balance the positive and negative more effectively, going forward?

Maybe I’ll sing this song:

Accentuate the Positive

by Harold Arlen and  Johnny Mercer

You’ve got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between

You’ve got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium’s
Liable to walk upon the scene

To illustrate my last remark
Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
What did they do just when everything looked so dark?

Man, they said “We’d better accentuate the positive”
“Eliminate the negative”
“And latch on to the affirmative”
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between (No!)
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between

Ya got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium’s
Liable to walk upon the scene

I’m accentuating the positive by including several versions of that song:

Do any of my photos from yesterday accentuate the positive?

Please leave  any comment — positive, negative, or in between.

I positively could not do all this, every day, without music, my doctors, my family, my friends, and my readers. Positive thanks to all!

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47 thoughts on “Day 1183: The positive and the negative

  1. I hope the meeting goes well.Singing a song may help, as might becoming the captain of the team…tell Dr.Negative how his demeanor makes you feel. Balance is important, but I prefer it to be slightly weighted to the positive side.

  2. You are right..
    At all, univerese is based on a such attitude… Ones who recognize such secrets always are in direction of brightness…

  3. I hope you get things “off your chest” today Ann in a positive way, which will then lead to more positivity about the negativity you heard the other day. Optimism with negativity can make negativity easier to hear I believe, your negative Dr sounds like he was unable to attain that balance, Sending positive vibes your way my friend!

  4. Like many others, it seems, I thought ‘The Bare Necessities’ from ‘The Jungle Book’ included this phrase. It didn’t, but perhaps carries the same message. I wasn’t allowed to embed it (the negative), but at least I could enjoy it on YouTube (the positive). There’s nothing in between

  5. I will hold you in a positive light today for peace of mind. (That’s what us Quakers do)

  6. Sally Colacicco

    Thoughts, prayers, and totally positive prayers for you today, Braveheart!

  7. Well that cheered me up no end Ann! I hope it works its magic on you as well.
    I like to think of positive and negative at either end of a stick. There is lots of room in between to work with and move along. Singing helps a lot 😊
    Good luck in letting your heart be heard!

  8. Now, I can begin my day… Thank you!

  9. I’m amazed at how positive you always are Ann. Keep it up! ❤
    Diana xo

  10. Ann, that is a scary term to hear. But maybe they will say your heart is compensating so well, with all its positivity that it all balances out and isn’t a huge concern.
    It seems like some doctors are like that, they tell you the worst so anything else doesn’t sound so bad.
    I hope you receive good news today. I will be thinking of you and sending positive thoughts your way.

  11. It’s always seemed odd to me that batteries are described as having poles that are “positive” and “negative”. The same is true of atoms. When one loses an electron it’s “positively charged” and when it gains an electron it’s “negatively charged” even though I would think that should be the other way around: gains should be seen as positive and losses negative.
    Or maybe we shouldn’t give those terms positive and negative connotations. If atoms couldn’t lose or gain they wouldn’t be able to bond with each other. Let’s accentuate the negative as well as the positive.
    I’m glad you have a bond with your positive and negative doctors and that together you form a life-sustaining molecule.

  12. A.PROMPTreply

    Hello! I popped over to thank you for finding my blog and have had a bit of a look around at yours and am in love with the idea of working to live more non-judgmentally. And it does seem that you are working even harder than you first thought you would now 3 years on! Well done to you for a great perspective and I’m hoping you hear something a bit more positive from that medical team of yours!

  13. We live with duality every day of our lives: night and day, sunshine and rain, darkness and light, sadness and joy… I could go on. We can’t have one without the other. I guess it’s what provides balance to our lives.

  14. I love how positive you are and make me smile nearly every day. You made me smile with that song – one that I’ve loved for years. You’ll be in my thoughts today.

    • I love the positive and the negative of you, Bradley — it’s all part of being human, isn’t it? Thanks so much for your helpful and positive thoughts today.

  15. Your tulips are so beautiful!!! I hope you can get the doc’s to balance a bit better. Let us know.

    • Thank you for your beautiful hope! I didn’t meet with the doctors but did meet with wonderful, positive Melanie — a person whose been working with me and my pacemakers for 30 positive years! Talking to her this morning positively helped.

  16. Interesting perspective to look at your condition. I like like in “battery” case. Down deep at atomic level, there is also positive and negative too. I think we are all made up with the positive and negative sides.

  17. I am positively charged by your positivity. None of that ( – ) stuff here!!!

  18. Both poles balance each other, the negative needs the positive, and vice versa, otherwise they couldn’t exist. The negative person needs to be in a team, even when he/she is not liked as much as the positive one. One of course can choose not to meet with the negative one. I like to think that I exist marginally safe, that I try my best, but that safety is not guaranteed to anyone all, no matter how pretty, smart, or wealthy they are. Each day is a risk itself, I’m not paranoid, but I’m aware that I’m walking on a tight rope. Don’t ask me why.

    • I positively hope that you can feel safer soon, Maria. I can positively guarantee that you have a positive effect in WordPress on lots of people.

  19. Carol Ferenc

    I hope your meeting had a positive outcome, Ann. Wishing you all the best!

  20. Pingback: Day 1184: You’re in | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

  21. Hope all goes well…

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