SOUL ISSUES:What Channel
Are You On?
By Reverend Liz Petipren
We either make
ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.
I have a friend who
is an elementary-school physical-education teacher and she was relating about a clever method she uses to keep
her young students in a healthy state of mind and behaving well. She tells them, “There is a Happy Channel with
programs you really like, and a Sad Channel with programs that make you feel bad. You can watch whichever one
you want, and you will feel like the channel you are watching.” She posts the name of both channels on the
chalkboard for reference.
When students get
into a negative behavior pattern, she points to the Sad Channel term on the board and reminds them that they
have slipped into being mean or uncooperative. The kids understand the concept and usually shift their behavior
quickly. Even at a young age, these students recognize the importance of tuning to a healthy, rewarding
While this method may
sound simplistic, it represents a principle we can use as adults. At this moment, there are countless invisible
communication channels rippling through the room you are sitting in. Hundreds of television channels are
beaming, unseen, along with many radio stations, cell-phone signals, and wireless computer frequencies, to name
just a few. You will be the receiver of the station you are attuned to.
emotions, too, have frequencies, and every thought and emotion you focus on leads you to more of the same. If
you are angry and upset, you will find more and more reasons to be angry and upset. If you are appreciative and
expecting good, you will find more and more reasons to attract success. You will always hear more of the station
you are tuned to, so take care where your dial is set.
My friend is teaching
her students far more than physical education. She is teaching them life.
Affirmation: “I am conscious about the thoughts and
feelings I entertain. I choose my frequency.”