Keeping A Positive Attitude…

I know, it’s hard. But that is what we all have to do. We must keep a positive attitude and outlook, despite any obstacles we face, despite the fact we really ARE in a RECESSION right now, despite the rising gas prices (which of course affect people and business at all levels).

Myself, I seem to have been on this downward spiral ever since my father-in-law died and having returned from the Philippines. If you’ve been following my entries you’ve probably assessed that I haven’t been my usual self. I haven’t really done any yoga, nor have I been exercising. I’ve been sulking a lot and feeling depressed. My career as a professional musician has experienced some setbacks since returning from out-of-the-country.

Still, I need to maintain that positive vibe I had before 2008, well because most of 2008 has been quite a depressing experience for my family and I.

The gasoline prices are REALLY a serious, negative trend. As this especially affects commuters who drive long distances to and from their jobs. It also affects the economy. I feel it when I do gigs because not as many people come out to the restaurants (well, with exception of a couple that seem to be doing quite well despite the economy). And the tips have been fewer.

The sharp rise in gasoline prices affect all aspects of the economy. Food has been the other major necessity that has sharply increased in price, a direct result of the rising gasoline prices once again.

People out there are buying more economy cars. Lately, I’ve been seeing more and more people driving around in brand new Mini Coopers! The Toyota Prius and other hybrid cars are benefiting from a boom in sales lately. And people are buying motorcycles, Vespas, and bicycles to commute to work if their work is closer to home. My son and I were discussing the fact that it seems more and more people are utilizing mass transportation.

And now, the lending and banking institutions are going to experience closures and mergers in the coming months, as predicted by financial experts… at least the small to mid-sized banks. So, there could be mergers happening in the coming months.

Meanwhile, the United States is still in the middle of a War in Iraq, one that is approaching 1 trillion dollars! And the current administration is threatening to attack Iran.

With all the negativity around us, it’s really difficult to maintain a sense of positiveness, but we must. So, my goal today is to focus on the positive. Put that energy on practicing piano and drums. Practice yoga daily and just try to keep active.

Also, I’m thinking of more ways to be frugal, and to save money for the future, and for specific goals.

I get very depressed when filling my car’s tank when it’s $80 to $100 every time. Better to get $30 or $40 dollars at a time. I’m trying to just watch movies on DVD, and I haven’t been going out that much, especially to the theaters. It’s tough but it’s more important to keep the home and pay the bills.

Accentuate the Positive with a capital “P”.

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

7 thoughts on “Keeping A Positive Attitude…

  • Tuesday July 15, 2008 at 8:17 am
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    I need to start getting frugal too. Things are really getting out of hand with gas and the cost of food at the grocery store. Even my beloved beer is getting expensive. Every bar is charging 10% to 20% more for my favorite beverage! When a draft goes from $4 to $5, I gotta start thinking of becoming a tea toteler.

    BTW: I’m not sure, but does feedburner only update occasionally? On my Blogger account, I have RSS feeds listed in order of most recently updated sites. Your feed has been stuck on the “Where’s Jordanos” for a week. Before that, it was the post when you returned from the Philippines, even after you posted “Where’s Jordanos”. Bottom line, of course, is that i don’t know when you update.

  • Tuesday July 15, 2008 at 12:17 am
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    I need to start getting frugal too. Things are really getting out of hand with gas and the cost of food at the grocery store. Even my beloved beer is getting expensive. Every bar is charging 10% to 20% more for my favorite beverage! When a draft goes from $4 to $5, I gotta start thinking of becoming a tea toteler.

    BTW: I’m not sure, but does feedburner only update occasionally? On my Blogger account, I have RSS feeds listed in order of most recently updated sites. Your feed has been stuck on the “Where’s Jordanos” for a week. Before that, it was the post when you returned from the Philippines, even after you posted “Where’s Jordanos”. Bottom line, of course, is that i don’t know when you update.

  • Tuesday July 15, 2008 at 9:03 am
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    O-man: thanks for letting me know about the feedburner problems. i had to re-sync my feed at the feedburner site. and i’ve had problems ever since i added my “gigs calendar” plugin… the calendar dates conflict with my regular blog posts. i may have to scrap it and go back to grabbing my gig dates from my MySpace page.

    i guess i’m sort of a tea toteler. i’m too cheap to buy my own beer and alcohol. fortunately, i get free beer, mojitos, sangrias etc at the gigs. :o)

  • Tuesday July 15, 2008 at 1:03 am
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    O-man: thanks for letting me know about the feedburner problems. i had to re-sync my feed at the feedburner site. and i’ve had problems ever since i added my “gigs calendar” plugin… the calendar dates conflict with my regular blog posts. i may have to scrap it and go back to grabbing my gig dates from my MySpace page.

    i guess i’m sort of a tea toteler. i’m too cheap to buy my own beer and alcohol. fortunately, i get free beer, mojitos, sangrias etc at the gigs. :o)

  • Thursday July 17, 2008 at 1:42 pm
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    I go through similar cycles…up and down, up and down. My highs aren’t as high, nor my lows as low, now that I’m 100% raw, though. Now I just go with it…if I’m not feeling filled with inspiration and energy, I just relax and sit in nature more. Then I find myself inspired again and going, going, going.

    As for the gas prices, it’s been rough on our budget. For us, it mostly has been seen in the cost of our produce. We keep going over our food budget when we aren’t buying more than in the past. Food prices have going up a lot here in this part of the country. I was thinking things would be cheaper there where you are, since more grows there.

    *HUGS* I hope you are continuing with the POSITIVE attitude, Carlos. Even if you are feeling pessimistic about something, you can also be feeling positive that the pessimism will give way to postiive feelings in the near future. 😉

    Lots of love to you,

    Wendi
    XOXOXO

  • Thursday July 17, 2008 at 5:42 am
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    I go through similar cycles…up and down, up and down. My highs aren’t as high, nor my lows as low, now that I’m 100% raw, though. Now I just go with it…if I’m not feeling filled with inspiration and energy, I just relax and sit in nature more. Then I find myself inspired again and going, going, going.

    As for the gas prices, it’s been rough on our budget. For us, it mostly has been seen in the cost of our produce. We keep going over our food budget when we aren’t buying more than in the past. Food prices have going up a lot here in this part of the country. I was thinking things would be cheaper there where you are, since more grows there.

    *HUGS* I hope you are continuing with the POSITIVE attitude, Carlos. Even if you are feeling pessimistic about something, you can also be feeling positive that the pessimism will give way to postiive feelings in the near future. 😉

    Lots of love to you,

    Wendi
    XOXOXO

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