The Destruction From Within or What Is Wrong With Us?

 

Pictured here during his drug binging and destruction days, Robert Downey Jr. has turned his life and career around

Drug Days of Downey

The media circus that surrounds the self-absorbed, addicted lives of Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan and numerous fallen “idols” overshadows the courage of other celebrities.

A rising star, Robert Downey Jr. appeared in several critically acclaimed films, including Chaplin, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award as best actor in 1992. During the years that followed he was frequently arrested on drug charges and went through several rehab programs. Despite several attempted comebacks, his appearances before court judges seemed pathetic as he was repeatedly given more chances. Following his last drug arrest in 2001 for cocaine use, Downey, nearly at the point of no return, decided on life instead of death and reached out for help.

His determination at staying clean and sober pulled his life together and revitalized his career, which has reached new heights. He has starred in

Back on Top with the award winning movie Holmes

Back on Top in Holmes

the hugely successful “Iron Man” movies and won a Golden Globe in 2010 for his performance in “Sherlock Holmes.” Like many addicts, he once blamed others for his problems. It was when he took responsibility for his own actions that he turned his life around. He credits his victory over drugs and alcohol to his family, therapy and the 12-step approach, which emphasizes turning an unmanageable self-centered life over to God.

Mickey Mantle was one of the best New York Yankee sluggers to ever live. But he could have been greater, maybe even equal to baseball’s legendary Babe Ruth, had he not destroyed his life with alcohol. Mickey’s father, uncle and grandfather died of Hodgkin’s disease at young ages. He never thought he’d see age 40 because of the hereditary disease. Despite winning three Most Valuable Player awards for the season, holding the record for most

World Series home runs and being called the “greatest switch hitter of all time,” Mantle was plagued by injuries throughout his career. Although it seemed to be bad luck, the injuries most likely stemmed from his partying lifestyle, particularly his drinking. After being a consistent .300 hitter, his career suddenly took a downturn in 1965

Mickey Mantle Yankee Great of the 50's and 60's lost his career to booze

Mickey Mantle, the Once Yankee Great

and he had to quit baseball in 1969. His drinking got worse during his retiring years, often caused by regrets over what could have been.

When he finally decided to give up the bottle, his liver was so damaged he needed a transplant. During the operation, doctors discovered a cancer, which was inoperable. Mickey lived for another year and a half and bravely came forward with a final message to his many lifelong fans. He confessed before news cameras that God had given him superior talents to play sports, but he “blew it” and insisted he was not a hero. “Don’t be like me,” Mantle pleaded. He died in 1995 at age 63. He had tried to beat a family curse with self-affliction. His courage to the end provided a valuable lesson. All of us have crosses to bear. They can be overcome through acceptance without tempting fate.

The Key to Success and Good Health

 

Positive thinking is contagious and can produce encouraging results for society at large and in your personal life. The negativity and fears

Positive thinking is the key to success and good health and is symbolized in this picture by a hand holding a key to sky with sunshine gleaming off the key.

The Key to Success and Good Health

brought on by ominous news events often get transformed into favorable and optimistic behaviors. This occurs in widespread fashion. Even the too-often negative movies from Hollywood take a positive turn with such inspiring films as “The King’s Speech,” “The Grace Card” and last year’s “The Blind Side,” a best picture nominee that won an Oscar for Sandra Bullock as a strong and determined mom.

 

It’s no wonder. Positive thinking not only boosts healthy attitudes and outlooks, but it also results in people’s physical improvements. Just as negativity places obstacles in a person’s ability to overcome adversity, thinking positively generates optimism to affect mental health and well-being.

A positive thinker deals better with everyday stresses in life and copes productively with hardships. The Mayo Clinic recommends putting a positive spin anytime negative thoughts arise. Instead of thinking things are going to get worse, switch your thinking to ways of accomplishing tasks and having faith in those around you. This optimistic view changes your behavior and the reactions of people you know to help improve situations. It even plays a part in spreading good thoughts to trigger a chain of hope and cheer.

Some experts theorize positive thinking can ward off serious diseases and even the common cold by boosting the immune system. Though not yet proven, some studies provide evidence. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin analyzed the antibodies of subjects given flu shots during a 2003 study. The volunteers were given tasks that caused negative emotional reactions. Researchers found increased activity in the region of the brain that weakened the subjects’ immune response to the vaccine.

Pictured is a reverse black and white sign reminding you that you can do only what you think you can do.

You Are Able to Do Exactly What You Think You Can

Other studies have found people with optimistic views have better functioning immune cells than those with negative views.

People who suffer from anxiety or depression improve with the help of therapy that focuses on positive thinking. Psychotherapy teaches patients to turn their negative thoughts, which often spark depressive moods and anxiety disorders, into more positive thinking patterns. They learn to understand what causes their negative feelings and how positive emotions bring about better views on situations and improved behavior.