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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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