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Jahk = -Jahk:  A Bad Math

Friday February 5, 2016

Jahk = -Jahk

A terrible equation, Jahk has his math facts mixed up. He walks around in a perpetually negative mindset and worse, he forces it on others without recognizing the impact. Jihl, typically a +Jihl, whether she cleans out a linen closet or solves a knotty business problem at work, leaves a room of neutral Dihks and Jayhns a bit more buoyant and lighthearted than when she entered. But by the water cooler –Jahk +Jihl = -Jahk/-Jihl.

It takes Jihl a few hours to let the negative energy imparted to her by Jahk filter through her so she can release it innocuously into the surrounding environment.

A ton of negative human energy weighs nothing on a scale and is unseen by the human eye, yet it can sink a spirit, a nation, a planet, and cause conflicts on microscopic and macroscopic levels. A ton of camel sh#t would be easier to clean up than a ton of human negativity.

If you are happily mindful you may be able to greet your own or others’ negativity as easily as in Rumi’s poem, The Guest House: “The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.” The happy narrator has already alchemized their purposes to gold, to light, to forerunners of future delight.

In Florence Scovel Shinn’s book, The Game of Life, written in the 1950’s, she says something like, “Every failure is a link in the chain of your success.”

Minus Jahk has a minus mindset. In contrast, Jihl lives simply and is without a fancy car, a big house, a significant other. To her those simple “minus” facts of her life have no power to define her energetic output.

Guest saddle:  Do you put a minus or a plus at the beginning of yourself, at the interface between you and others, you and your world?  Do you buoy others or weight them down with your presence?  Who lightens or lifts you?  What weighs you down in a choppy sea?

Author: lisafriedlanderlicsw

Lisa Friedlander is a psychotherapist in private practice. She writes essays and loves to quilt together events, situations, memories, ideas, and stories that connect in interesting ways--dovetail, cause friction, make waves, and interweave.

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