Why You Will Never See A Rant Category At Evolving Times

Rants are popular these days. You see them on many blogs. In fact some blogs are devoted entirely to the eloquent expression of irksome events, people, and things.

I understand the appeal of rants, both from the ranter’s perspective as well as that of the reader. There certainly is much to rant about in this modern world. And there have definitely been moments when the temptation to rant here on Evolving Times has been quite strong.

But as a student of the Law of Attraction and one who chooses to be the Deliberate Creator of my life, I recognize the power of thoughts and especially words. Because I accept the basic premise of the Law of Attraction – that what you focus on expands in your life – I am, understandably very careful about what I focus on, and even more selective about which topics I choose to address here.

Now please don’t hear this as judgment or advice. I am not suggesting that rants are bad and that everyone should stop their ranting. There have most definitely been times in my life when a good rant was the only thing that allowed me to maintain my sanity!

Sometimes you really do just need to get it out of your system.

In the mid 1980s, my family found itself in a bit of a crisis and we were presented with the choice of exploding into our separate and disconnected directions or to enter family therapy. Amazingly enough, we all agreed to go into therapy and spent the next 10-months having weekly sessions together.

One of the most important discoveries we made was that we all had mastered the art of “stewing and fretting” as we named it. Instead of expressing and communicating what was bothering us, those things were stuffed back inside where they proceeded to ferment. Not the healthiest way to live, I can assure you!

Our therapy sessions gave us the opportunity to communicate and occasionally rant in a safe space. And this was, literally, a family-saving experience.

It seems to me that the blogosphere is providing this opportunity, which otherwise might be unavailable, for people to express what would otherwise get stuffed back inside to ferment.

So I absolutely do recognize the importance of rants. And, at the same time, I choose to deliberately focus on and share positive, uplifting material.

Another way of expressing the basic concept of the Law of Attraction is “where attention goes, energy flows.” I want my energy and time flowing in the direction of continuous, positive change in my life and in the world. So I choose to focus my attention on those aspects of my life that are already positive and on my vision of an even more positive future.

And when I notice contrast in my life – some situation or condition that I would choose to change – I focus on the change I want to bring into my life and how to achieve it, rather than focusing on the existing condition that I want to change.

And if, on occasion, I feel the need to rant – which most definitely still do – I’ll go to the ocean or the mountains or the redwoods and share my rant with the vast, healing presence of the Earth so that I can release it from my space and shift my focus onto the change I want to bring into my life.

So if you’re looking for rants, you’re in the wrong place. But I have a feeling you won’t have to look very far to find some darn good ones out there on the blogosphere.

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      7 Responses to “Why You Will Never See A Rant Category At Evolving Times”

      1. Ollie on March 24th, 2007 3:57 pm

        I recently found that ranting on my personal site had become too easy. I stopped that pretty sharpish, and even made a pact with my readers to call me out if they saw me starting again!

        I would agree that if one wants to vent, one should find a quiet and private place to do so. The internet is far from any of those ideals. I too tend to hold things inside, but with experience, I’m learning to express myself face to face, rather than via my mind at night time, or via my personal site.

      2. Edward Mills on March 24th, 2007 6:50 pm

        Hi Ollie

        Good for you. Asking your readers to call you on your stuff is a pretty powerful accountability tool!

        Btw: I’m not an F1 fan, but if I was I would most definitely be at your site a lot. I remember checking it out when we first got into 9rules. It was already a great looking site and, if anything, it’s gotten even more cool! Keep up the great work.

      3. Edward Mills on March 24th, 2007 7:01 pm

        Hi Jonathan. That’s a great quote from Abraham. And it’s so true. And if you think I’m a bit woo-woo, I can’t imagine what you think about that!!!

        I checked out your post and didn’t feel it was overly rantish. I think you’re actually spot on in your assessment.

        Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to networking with you as well.

      4. highvibeit.com on March 25th, 2007 5:46 am

        Why You Will Never See A Rant Category At Evolving Times…

        This post is an exemplary example of the Positive ripple effects of the Law of Attraction in my mind. It is post explaining why this site will not have the ubiquitous “rants” category. Why focus and spend ENERGY on the negative? Right On!…

      5. Loving Annie on March 25th, 2007 6:05 am

        Hi Edward. I found your blog from Desiree…

        I really like the idea of focusing my attention where I want to go rather than on changing what is… Good point, and perfect timing for me to hear it !

        Happy Sunday to you !

      6. Desiree on March 25th, 2007 7:00 am

        When I was a young girl and throughout my young adulthood I used my writing in a negative manner. I would write about my feelings and all of the bad that happened in my life. This not only hurt my favorite pass time, writing, but it kept me locked into my misery! There’s always two ways to look at a situation and I try to always find the positive side and focus there. It was a conscious choice I made some time ago, so I can totally relate to what you are saying here and couldn’t agree more!

      7. Aaron M. Potts on March 25th, 2007 8:16 pm

        Edward,

        In the continual search for ways to help more people – via more blog traffic – having rants is a temptation. People tend to gravitate towards controversy.

        However, I agree with you on how to use the Law of Attraction properly, and by giving a high emotional charge to something (aka ranting), more strength is given to that thing.

        I have in the past – and will continue to in the future – express my “rants” via productive writing that will ultimately help people to be informed or empowered.

        After all, as you already pointed out, there are plenty of rants out there for the people who are looking for them!

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