White Polar Bear Club

@AmbiePam (50943)
United States
March 17, 2008 8:57am CST
Sounds like something made for Transdisc, doesn't it. No, that isn't what it is. I was reading a devotion this morning and in it was a reference to the White Polar Bear Club that Leo Tolstoy started when he was a boy. The only requirement to get in, was that the person sat on a stool in the corner, and for 30 minutes, did NOT think about a white polar bear. It is nice to see even at a young age Tolstoy had some devilment in him, but he brings up a good point. Have you had someone tell you not to think about something? Perhaps you were a child and your parent told you to forget about something, to just NOT think about it. And what did you do? Did you concentrate on not thinking about the subject at hand that all you really thought about was the subject at hand? When it is in your mind, it is hard to get out on command, whereas we might forget naturally if no one brings it up. Did/do you ever have such a problem? Could you have joined the White Polar Bear Club based on that criteria?
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@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
15 Sep 08
Absolutely! whew it took me a while to find this one.. lol. Pain is always my White Polar Bear. A toothache, for example, I could ignore it to a point, then inevitably, someone will say "how's your tooth feel?" and BAM there I go aching ang crying, whining and b!tching about it. Whereas, if I was by myself, it probably wouldn't hurt as much.
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@AmbiePam (50943)
• United States
16 Sep 08
Thanks for looking! : )
@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I wouldn't have been able to join the club. I can try not to think about something, and sometimes it works if I can move around and keep busy, keeping my thoughts on the task I'm doing. If I had to sit in a chair in a corner, I would try to not think about a white polar bear by thinking about something else, but my mind would keep having pop ups of the polar bear.
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@AmbiePam (50943)
• United States
18 Mar 08
I'd start thinking about that polar bear in the coca cola commercials.