Proof of what I’ve been saying all along

I’ve always said that everything in life has a good and a bad side. Our family vacation to the Outer Banks for this week was canceled earlier this month due to family obligations. Yes, we were bummed and thought about the whole situation in a negative light. However, Hurricane Irene is due to hit the Outer Banks today or tomorrow, so we would have been evacuated anyway. We’ll be home riding out the storm in a safer place. Good can come out of bad. Always.

Be careful out there.

About Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW, CAS-PC

Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Pastoral Counselor who maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Drexel Hill, PA.
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7 Responses to Proof of what I’ve been saying all along

  1. Mike says:

    The obvious flaw in that thinking?
    The opposite is also true.

    It’s great to be able to pick out a silver lining, or to be able to sift through life’s timeline and find happy punctuation marks in the mess of human existence. But, for us, time NEVER stops playing out; the good and bad keep coming–tumbling over each other in an annoying, never-ending, karmic “wobble”.

    For some of us, the bad weighs so heavily that it rarely makes the good feel worthwhile.

    For us, we kinda wanna punch the glass-half-full crowd in the gut.

  2. Mike says:

    … to which you would reply:
    “at least you got some exercise!”

  3. nateprentice says:

    However, the important thing in dealing with depression is the point of perspective from which one looks at the situation. If someone was to look at a situation with a negative predisposition, they will find nothing but bad. If someone was to look at a situation with a too-positive predisposition, they will find nothing but good. When I do therapy with people, I recommend that they allow themselves to see both sides so that they get a more realistic and complete view of the situation as a whole.

  4. mmmatousek says:

    Good and bad are man-made. The good is never good enough because the nature of our kind is selfish and destructive.

  5. nateprentice says:

    Selfish, yes, I’d agree with that. However, sometimes in our selfishness, we deign to do good things, too. I’d say that nature itself is destructive (law of atrophy), however, I don’t think all humans are destructive in their nature all the time.

    Good discussion.

  6. Mikey says:

    The problem is that we are the perfect storm of consciousness and physical ability.

    Trees make decisions, they evolve, they survive, they thrive. Trees create and destroy. They do what they are meant to do. They don’t hurt each other out of selfishness because selfishness does not exist for them. There is no emotion where there is no consciousness.

    Humans are bastards because we are aware of ourselves. We do good things and bad things, and every action is driven by emotion. We don’t survive because it is simply what we do–we survive because we cheat and steal and hurt and love. And because we have these amazing bodies that allow us to dominately act out our emotions.

    Some people hate being a part of this kind of life. Some people don’t see “good” as anything more than a greedy grab in the bag of human survival.

    Most people disagree with this because they value emotion. They shouldn’t.

  7. Journey says:

    I can already tell that’s gonna be super hepflul.

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