I’ve often been guilty of courting a defeatist attitude. At times I take pleasure in shooting down every suggesting I’m given that may solve my problems. Ask my poor, frustrated mother. I’m likely the reason her esophagus has stopped working. Either she’s spent too much time trying to talk sense into me or she’s swallowed back so much irritation at my defeatism that it’s killed her throat’s will to help her stay alive by allowing her to efficiently swallow food. Sorry mom.
Anyway, I just realized that everything my mom told me is a lie. Perhaps this is the real reason for her esophageal failure. Her throat just couldn’t stand to pronounce anymore falsehoods. She has uttered such gems as “Ours is not to question why, ours is but to do or die.” Great mom! Let’s all be blind sheep, following a shepherd whether or not he or she has our own best interests at heart! Let’s jump off a cliff with all the rest of the bison. Let’s follow the rest of the cattle docilely into the slaughter house. Let’s question nothing and do as we’ve been instructed. Or how about, “Just eat those mashed potatoes that I spilled beet juice in. It all gets mixed up in your stomach anyway.” My stomach has no taste buds. Plus if it tastes bad going down, my stomach is less likely to digest it peacefully.
I’ve known these were lies for a while. Now I realize that her derision of defeatist attitudes is also founded on a falsehood. Of course, a defeatist attitude can be detrimental. I know firsthand how many opportunities can be missed if you refuse to take advantage of them out of fear or doubt. But without a defeatist attitude, how can you hope to defeat a defeatist attitude? You must have it in your mind to defeat your attitude if you wish to defeat it. This is by definition a defeatist attitude. So, if you can’t defeat defeatism without defeating it, isn’t there something to be said for defeatism?
I bid you adieu…and a don’t.
Adieu…defeat your defeatism. With a defeatist attitude. I suppose once you’ve defeated it, you’ll have the practice you need to defeat other negative things. All thanks to a defeatist attitude.
A don’t…defeat your defeatism too soon. Without defeatism, we might as well be like my mother’s bison who fail to question why yet still do and, usually, still die.