Widgets, Inc Your SEO optimized title

Your Hamster

Years ago on a drive across the country, a buddy and I were on a stopover in Chicago. We were out searching one night for a bar that a friend of his said we should visit when it began to rain. At that moment we were standing under the tracks of Chicago’s famous El Train. My buddy looked at me and said, “So, what do you want to do? Are we gonna keep looking in the rain or do you just wanna head back to the hotel?” We decided to head back when he then said, “Okay, so do you wanna catch a cab or take the subway?” Then he looked up and said, “Well I guess it’s not really a subway. It’s more of a train. Like an elevated train . . . . an el-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-levated train. An El Train.” I was amazed as I just stood there watching the hamster start running on the wheel in his brain as he figured out why they call it an El Train. From then on the hamster running became the joke when someone’s brain started to kick in and the wheel started turning. I later revised that hamster’s role to represent the times when our brain takes us to dark places.

Have you ever noticed that’s it’s human nature to focus on the negative?

“Anything that can go wrong will go wrong!”

                    ~ Murphy’s Law

And it seems that for the most part people just assume that it will. 

While shopping in a Jimmy Buffett Store in Kissimmee Florida I walked up to the store clerk and started my request with, “You wouldn’t happen to have … would you?” As soon as I did, I stopped and thought, “Wow! That was weird.” Why didn’t I approach the request from the positive? Why did I not instead ask the clerk, “Do you happen to have?” Apparently, my brain was wired to expect the negative result of them not having what I requested instead of moving forward with the positive expectation of them actually having what I wanted. Interesting huh? So I began to take notice of how I acted and how others behaved in similar situations and I began to notice that for the most part, people are conditioned to expect the negative result and usually move forward having prepared themselves for that outcome.

This behavior became my new description of Your Hamster. He starts running when you start focusing on the negative. 

I was talking with a friend of mine in the office a few years ago when another woman whom we both knew and a man came in together. The woman looked in our direction and began talking with her companion. At which time my friend immediately got nervous believing that she was saying bad things about her. I asked why she thought that and how did she just know that this woman was not telling her companion what a great person she is and how she’s so popular and very good at her job and admired and liked by just about everyone? It was interesting to witness her immediate assumption that since they were looking in our direction that they must be saying bad things about her. How did she even know that they were not maybe talking about me? 

We talk more about how you talk to yourself in the section on Self Monologue, but it seems that allowing Your Hamster to take you first to the dark places and unhealthy thoughts may have a direct correlation to your levels of self-esteem and self-confidence. The question though is, does your poor Self-Monologue and low self-esteem cause Your Hamster to take you to those dark places, or is it Your Hamster taking you to the dark places that causes your poor Self-Monologue and low self-esteem? It seems that when your self-esteem is low or you’re lacking self-confidence then you tend to have a bleaker outlook on life and expect bad or more negative things to happen. Whereas, on the contrary, if your self-esteem is healthy and you have a good level of self-confidence, then it follows that you tend to have more positive expectations out of life.

So think about your own life and how you act and react in various situations. Does Your Hamster take you to dark places or do you have a more positive influence over where he takes you? Do you expect the store clerk to tell you they don’t have what you’re looking for, or that they do? When someone is talking about you, do you expect they’re saying bad things about you, or do you believe they’re speaking highly of you? When your girlfriend, boyfriend or spouse is late, do you believe they were simply and harmlessly held up, or do you immediately believe they’re cheating on you or otherwise avoiding you? In that last example, it takes a good measure of self-confidence to then place the appropriate Trust in your partner, but knowing about the concept of Your Hamster and that it seems to be human nature to go first to the dark places and unhealthy thoughts is a great step in the direction of gaining a positive influence over where you will allow Your Hamster to take you. Having the awareness that it may just be a natural tendency to focus first on the negative can help you to avoid falling into that trap. If you can keep Your Hamster from taking you to those dark places, you may just find your self-esteem and self-confidence rise as a result.

We talk more about the above example of your partner showing up late in the section on Trust.

Continue Your Journey to the Page on Universe of Knowledge

Return to The Homepage

Join The Conversation
Add Your Thoughts, Ideas, Philosophies and Inspiration

With the understanding that personal philosophies and Ideologies are highly subjective topics, we encourage you to share yours with us and all other visitors to our site.

This form is the medium where you can do just that.

Below this form is a "comment box" - use it to make any comments on the page's content and use THIS form to submit thoughts you believe deserve their own page here on The-River-of-Life.com.

As long as your content is honest and fair and contains no profanity, racist or defamatory remarks, it will be created as its own page here on The-River-of-Life.com. Other visitors will then be able to see your content and will also be able to make their comments on your input.

This site was built to start a conversation and we hope you have been inspired to join with your own thoughts, ideas, philosophies and ideologies.

Thanks for joining us at The-River-Of-Life Round Table discussion.

New! Comments

Join the conversation by sharing your comments and opinions about the content on this topic in the box below.

Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

Return to The Homepage

??  Your Own Website  ??

Is there a topic or a hobby for which you have a strong passion?

Have you ever considered turning that passion into a passive income stream?

Have you ever considered creating a web site like this one?

I researched long and hard for the best resources available on the web to assist me in making The-Golf-Experience.com a reality and I found none better than Solo Build It with whom to partner.

Above and beyond the comprehensive program they provide to assist you on your journey is the incredible level of customer service you'll get along the way. The world would be a better place if every company out there modeled the quality and level of their customer service after what Solo Build It seems to provide with such ease. 

Watch the video below to see if your interest in creating your own web site gets a spark. 

You ready?

Now click the "Solo Build It!" link below to begin your own journey.

Good luck and have some fun.

© Copyright The-River-of-Life.com

Powered By
Solo Build It!

Throughout the pages of this site you will see "Comment Boxes" placed after many sections inviting you to share your thoughts on that topic.

Also - near the bottom of every page on The-River-of-Life.com is a "Content Submission Form" for you to add any content you'd like to share with other visitors.

Comments you make in the "Comment Boxes" will appear right there in those boxes. Content submissions you make in those forms will be given their own page on the site. So, use them for sharing content you feel is worthy of having its own page on the site.

Look for the "Join The Conversation" Box toward the bottom of every page.

We understand that Life Philosophies and Personal Ideologies are highly subjective topics so we invite all our visitors to join the discussion. Whether you agree or disagree with any content you find within our pages we encourage you to get involved and share your own thoughts, ideas, philosophies and ideologies. 

It is from this "Round Table" discussion that we can all benefit from the Life Experiences of each other.

Have some fun with it and get involved !!

A Few Great Quotes To Help Guide Your Journey

Click on any quote to open it up a little bigger

A Soft Heart

A True Relationship

Be With Someone

Be Your Priority

Any Guy Can Spoil You

Changed Just Like That

Cheat Yourself Out of Loyalty

Damage No Longer Controls You

Defined By Your Past

Don't Feel Sad

People Don't Know Good

Feelings For Granted

Feels Appreciated

Friends for Life

I Don't Want a Perfect Person

I Forgive People

I'm Here For You

In Order To Love Who You Are

It's a Beautiful Thing

The Right One Will Lead You To Peace

Leave Your Past in The Past

Life is Too Short

Light a Lamp

Living Well and Longer

Make an Effort

Make Them Laugh

Never Forget Who

Never Give Up

Never Regret Anything

No Matter How Old You Get

Nothing Again

One Day You're Gonna Miss Me

One of The Best Feelings

If You Push Me Away

Respect People Who Find Time


Silence is The Best Answer

Strong Enough To Live It

The Best Things

The Most Beautiful Things

The Seven Wonders of The World

Treat People

Wait Until You're Ready

What The Heart Already Knows

When Your Past Calls