I think we all eventually go through some kind of 'Personal Revolution' as life eventually sneaks up on us and gives us a cold, sweet kiss from reality, or at least we're given the opportunity to go through such a revolution if we face our problems with the right attitude. On a long enough timeline, you can't avoid being 'tested' by life, be it the death of a loved one, the loss of your empire, or anything else that you've attached yourself to; the overcoming of an addiction, perhaps, or, as in my own case, a battle with illness or long-term health issues. When we're faced with something like this we can either go with it and through it, or try to resist by clinging to the past and creating more friction between ourselves and our reality. The first option gets us into the swing of life for the rest of our lives. We all have to confront the reality of ourselves and the world when we face something that takes it all away from us and when this happens the process is essentially the same for all of us in the way that it strips us of the identity we attached ourselves to before reality showed up, forcing us to forge a more solid one in the furnace of fighting back and through to the other side. When we lose ourselves we find ourselves and if we don't cling or get scared along the way we can come out a lot stronger than when we initially went in. The only way to make it through is often with the unfashionable virtues of acceptance, faith in ourselves, and surrender to what can't be changed. Those of us who buy into the neurotic need to control everything and to attach themselves to an absolute idea about who and what they are will find themselves stuck. If you run out of hope you have no choice but to change yourself, this is where the wheels begin to turn and you can burn through your revolution. The only way to deal with reality is to be like reality; if you only live in the dream world of human ideologies and symbols then you're gonna have a bad time. Having said all this, it should perhaps be clear that I don't really see myself as a 'positive' thinker in the popular sense (most popular positive thought seems more akin to wishful thinking, which won't get you anywhere...). For me, the way into the 'positive' of focusing on action and creativity, even if only in the short-term, is through the 'negative'; it's only when we accept the more unsavoury facets of the human condition and its reality that we can have any chance of creating something wonderful with our lives. You have to understand the qualities of the canvas before you can paint the best possible picture on it. What are these unsavoury facets? Death is the obvious one, as is the fact that we will all have problem after problem throughout the course of our lives. Once you accept things like this, and acknowledge that the struggle never ends because there is no inherent meaning, stability or perfection to our lives, you can free yourself from the pain of feeling hard done by because your expectations haven't been met and start to live with the peace of acceptance instead of the pain of disappointment. Life isn't supposed to be easy, we're built to grow through pain and fear, so every time we build a little bubble for ourselves to live in we remove ourselves from the reality of ourselves and the world. In my view, many of the things that modernity has allowed us to do in order to protect ourselves have really only served to cut us of from ourselves. My book is an attempt to show that the 'good life' may not be the Disney Movie that we like to make ourselves believe it could be but is one rooted in what is real and that can be embellished with symbolic actions that help us to manifest our values despite the obstacles this reality puts in the way. That's about as positive as it realistically gets and still allows us to live amazing lives.