Continuing with Principle #6 from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” entitled “Become an Inverse Paranoid”, I set my intention to practice being an “inverse paranoid” while coloring this version of “Supported” using watercolors. Essentially, an inverse paranoid is an optimist, someone who is confident that things will work out for the best.
In “A Course In Miracles” they offer a related mantra: “Everything is in our best interest.” When I look back on many of my negative experiences, I notice that most (if not all) of them eventually (sooner or later) turn into positive ones or at the very least, a valuable learning experience.
As I was painting this mandala, I had moments of doubt that it was going to look okay in the end. As I became aware of the doubts, I just re-assured myself with this mantra: “it’s okay, it’s going to turn out just fine.” I have to admit, I am pleased with how it turned out.
So how about you? Would you consider being more of an inverse paranoid?
“The optimist— Khalil Gibran
sees the rose
and not its thorns.
stares at the thorns,
oblivious to the rose.”
Here’s a close-up view:
The Mandala Lady
I invite you to color along with me this year as part of what I’m calling “The Year of Self-Exploration and Expansion” with all of my “Mandalas of the ___” (day, week, month, year). If you’re interested in more of a self-exploration approach to coloring, check out my “Coloring Mandalas as Meditation”. You can download this mandala at MandalaoftheWeek.com.