Beverly Blanchard Beating the Drum


Beating the Drum

Give beauty a chance

Beverly Blanchard is an Ojibway First Nation from Northern Ontario.  She holds a degree in Economics. During the last twenty-two years, she has worked as a consultant to First Nation and Inuit organizations in a variety of disciplines including: homelessness, suicide prevention, violence prevention, childcare, HIV/AIDS, women’s issues, business planning, and economic development. She has also designed and delivered Aboriginal awareness and stress management workshops to Federal government employees. Currently, Ms Blanchard is a life strategy coach, author and energy healer in Ottawa.  
By Beverly Blanchard
True North Perspective

One the clients I coach accused me of being a Pollyanna.  It is a common label I get.  My client was talking about how bad things are in the world. How there is more poverty; more violence and more rude people in this world. How the economy is in the dumpster and the whole world is getting worse. I allowed her to rant for awhile and then I did the unthinkable.

I suggested that she change her focus. Look for the beauty in the world.  Try to look at what is right in this world and not what she perceives to be wrong. Spend a day seeing everyone and everything she passes as part of the same source energy. Since modern science has proven there is only one source of energy, why not look for the beauty in that energy. 

My suggestion met with anger as she replied, “You are too Pollyanna. I see reality.  What I see is real and I am telling it like it is. How can you look for what’s good?”

My additional suggestion that your thoughts create your reality was met with a more intense anger and although she may be telling it like it is, she is going to get more of what she focuses on. Beat the drum of what you think is wrong, and like it or not, that is what you attract to yourself.

How you chose to see the world affects what comes into your life. Most people don’t like to hear that because then it makes them responsible for their experiences. Got lots of angry people coming into your life?  Think that people are rude? Perhaps, it is time to take a look at what is going on with your own thinking. The universe will always provide you with experiences to validate your perceptions.

There are many people who are fastidious about what types of food they eat. Their diets are filled with organic foods. They limit the amount of meat they eat. In their household cleaning supplies, they stay away from chemicals. They are continually looking at ways of purifying their body. They do yoga and exercise. Yet, when it comes to their thinking they never take the time to police their thoughts or work on changing their way of thinking. Complaining becomes the mantra of the day.

I hear a multitude of excuses when I suggest that someone spend some time listening to their inner and outer dialogues.  ‘It’s too much work.’  ‘I don’t have time.’  ‘I just need to complain a little more.’ Yet the way you think influences the way you feel and vice versa. The two cannot be separated. Think about it. When you are in a really good mood, do you not find that everything works for you? Whereas when you are in a lousy mood, everything seems to go wrong.

I will be the first to admit that changing your way of thinking takes work. You have to become conscious of what you're saying. You have to listen to all those inner dialogues in your head and learn to stop yourself when you find yourself heading down a negative rant. Momentary negative rants may be useful but when they become a way of living they always give you more of what you don’t want.

Today is an opportunity to change your life. Shift your focus from what is wrong with your life or the world and try beating the drum of what you do want in your life. You will be pleasantly surprised at how easy your life can change.