* Photo Borrowed from: henfoldbirdsofprey.co.uk

I love you too much to let you be hoodwinked by negativity,” wrote my mentor Robert in an email after I complained to him about my circumstances. “That is not who you are. These are tough times for you and it is easy to get sidetracked by difficulties from the past. Believe me I know. I have had my fair share of them. But I have learned that negativity begets negativity which leads to depression and despair and neither of those are edifying in any way. If we are wise we will look not at the negatives but at what we get to learn through these rough times.

After I finished reading his email, I researched the word Hoodwinked in the dictionary. Do you know the source of that word? It’s fascinating. It comes from the art of falconry. A falconer would place a hood over the head of a falcon so that the bird would think it was night time and then release prey from its talons. At night, falcons aren’t active. They calm down. And the hood made them relax and let down their guard. As soon as they let down their guard, the falconer would take their prey–the bounty of the hunt–for him- or her-self.

Now when we use the word hoodwinked we use it synonymously with deceive, but that doesn’t do the concept justice. Hoodwinked is a much deeper deception than just a lie. It’s manipulation. It’s taking someone’s gifts and manipulating them for your own success.

Do you see the parallel between hoodwinked and negativity? Do you see how negativity deceives us on a much deeper level than just convincing us life is bad? Why do you think negativity has so much power? Comment below and continue the discussion…

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