My spouse, CB, and I watched a mama bunny prepare a nest for her soon-to-be babies. It was fascinating to watch the cotton tail hop back and forth and bring twigs into the borough she prepared. Afterward she removed little rocks and sifted through the dirt to prepare the abode for her new arrivals. Now the hole is covered up and we have not seen the bunny (we are trying not to scare her) but I’m assuming she is in the hole with her babies.

It was intriguing to see how diligently she worked to prepare a safe haven for her young. We live next to a county park, so there are a lot of critters about including owls, coyotes and javelin. So it makes sense that she wants a place with maximum protection. If we weren’t afraid of scaring the mama bunny, I could see CB and I standing watch to protect the little rabbits. In a few weeks these same babies will probably be munching our favorite plants, but for now, we feel very protective toward this hard-working mama and her little ones.
The day before this little episode, my niece and her husband had a baby boy. Little Thomas is their first child and the first grandchild on both sides of the family. The beautiful little tow-headed boy is being welcomed into a very loving home.

Providing a safe and loving home is one of the most crucial things a parent can do for a child. Unfortunately, many of us were born into an environment where we did not feel safe or welcome. It is impossible to go through life without encountering difficulties. From a baby’s first cry to the last dying breath, the human experience involves a series of struggles.

While encountering challenges is an inherent part of life, it is not so much the problems, but the attitude you take while facing these difficulties that shapes how you view the world. It would make sense that an energetic and optimistic approach to life would produce better results, but that is easier said than done. An infant who is lovingly welcomed into a kind and caring family is more likely to receive positive messages than a baby who is born into a home where the environment is critical and angry. While there may be exceptions, by and large, you are the sum of your experiences, and generally this is the determining factor of whether you develop a positive or negative mindset.

If it were simply a matter of flipping a switch to receive a positive or negative attitude, most folks would opt for former. Unfortunately, many of us grew up in a negative environment, or suffered physical or emotional trauma that tainted our outlook. Bit by bit, negativity became a way of coping with life. Many pessimistic individuals claim that while a negative outlook may provide fewer positive results, it also protects them from disappointment. Unfortunately, negativity is more like a cancer than a protective shield. It starts small, and may seem innocent enough at first, but if not kept in check the negative mindset can spread and wreck havoc in all aspects of life.

No matter how we were raised, we do have the choice to make changes in our lives to become happier. That is why I hope you will read Erase Negativity and encourage others to do the same. If money is an issue, I urge you to contact me (the author) as I have different book giveaways that I’m participating in, and I am offering special deals to those who can help me spread the word about the book and get it into specialty stores, libraries and New Age bookstores. If you want to make a change, and you’re willing to put in some effort, I’ll make sure you get the book.

Remember, we cannot change our past, but we do create our future. If you want yours to be happier, please consider reducing your negativity so you can begin the process to build a safe, happy mindset for the rest of your life.

Author's Bio: 

Sally Marks is the co-author of Erase Negativity and Embrace the Magic Within and the president of Marks Public Relations. Check out her website at for more information.