Dr. Dave's Eclectic Blog



For the past seven decades I have unsuccessfully searched for a box into which I could comfortably fit. I have given up the search and decided it’s ok to live outside the box.

There are lots of boxes from which to choose. Family, culture, ethnicity, race, religion, and country all have their own boxes. Millions of people jump into those boxes and seem to have a great time.

There are a plethora of boxes out there and finding a box is easy. Fitting in the box is an entirely different matter.

I have tried dozens of different boxes, and so far, none of them fit. I have given each of them a good try - I even spent years trying to get into some of them - but in the end, boxes don’t work for me. 

The purveyors of boxes assault me on a daily basis trying to sell me another box, or to convince me that the box they are selling is better than all the rest. Surely the latest and greatest box would be a good fit.

Ancient wisdom tells me to stay out of boxes.

A passage in the Bible advises that I should not let the world compress me into its mold.

That’s good advice.

There are so many molds out there, and with the advent of social media, the forces of compression increase on a daily basis.

It’s hard to believe how easy it is to compress a politician with a simple tweet. We live in a time when our leaders bow and scrape to the tweet.

When the twitter box controls our national destiny we are in real trouble. Our boxes are not working.

On social media people put themselves into the right box or the left box, the alternate right box, or the extreme left box. It would be laughable were it not so serious. It is amazing that any intelligent human being would jump into any box and start parroting the talking points of everyone else inside of the box.

I just don’t fit into a box.

My entire life has been a headlong rush into obscurity. With considerable effort I have succeeded in not becoming rich and famous. Such is the destiny of those who live outside the box.

I practiced medicine in for sixteen years in Saudi Arabia outside the box.

I was a Flying Doctor treating Native American on Indian Reservations for ten years outside the box.

sailed around the world for eleven years on my catamaran outside the box.

I created the Positive Thinking Network and The Positive Channel outside the box.

I put 200 podcasts on Positive Thinking Radio and Positive Christian Radio outside the box.

I kitted out three Land Rover Defenders ready to drive around the world outside the box.

I am sailing around the world for a second time on my catamaran outside the box.

I write two newsletters outside the box:  Positive Newsletter and Dr. Dave's Blog.

So if you are looking for me, don’t bother looking inside the box. I won’t be there.

You can find me outside the box at:


Meet me on facebook at Positive Thinking Doctor or Positive Thinking Sailor.

Dr. Dave




Pushing back the limits in your life

Pushing Back The Limits In Your Life

Many times I felt like I had taken things to the limit, but on further examination, it was clear I simply had enough. I was done and was unwilling to do whatever it takes to continue. Hitting the wall of absolute limits has never been a problem. The envelope of possibility is infintely large, and the likelihood of encountering absolute limits is infinitesimally small. There are no limits. There are only limiting beliefs.

Grand Schemes and Other Important Things

Grand Schemes And Other Important Things

In the grand scheme of things, my grand schemes seem fairly insignificant. In a global sense it's easy to feel as if my life counts for nothing, or at most, counts for little. When someone tells me that I shouldn't be doing things that are important to me, and that I'm wasting my life, they are really saying that my dreams don't count in their scheme of things. 

Daktari Without Borders

Living Without Borders

I am a daktari without borders. I am not sure when and where borders disappeared from my mind, but sometime in the last quarter century, I became a citizen of the world. Wherever I am on planet earth, I feel at home in my borderless world. Find out what it's like to live without borders.

Guilty of Living My Dreams

Guilty Of Living My Dreams

When my life is over and on judgment day I stand in the final line up with all the rest, I hope millions of people can point their finger at me, pick me out of the line up, and say, "He's the one. That's definitely him. He's different from the rest. He didn't conform, and he is guilty of living his dreams.

Negative Thoughts Are A Dream Stealer

Negative Thoughts Are A Dream Stealer

You are never safe from negation. Unchecked negativity can rapidly flush the achievements of a lifetime down the drain. If you ever reach your dreams, it will be because you stopped listening to the voice of fear and negation. You stopped looking at your limitations and stopped constructing barriers that exist only in your mind.

Everything Possible Nothing Impossible

Impossible Should Not Be In Your Vocabulary

Faith isn’t something that must be present before you move in the direction of your dreams. Rather it’s something that develops after you start moving. When you start out, you don’t see how your dreams are possible. Nevertheless, the moment you take the first step, faith instantly comes into your life. Never look at faith as the path to a life of leisure. God gave you faith so you could see things other people can’t see and do things other people can’t do.

Fear Doctor

Things I Feared That Never Happened

I could write an entire book called, "Things I Feared That Never Happened," and follow that up with a second book entitled, "I Feared The Wrong Things." Almost always, fear is a waste of time. Most of the things you fear will never happen, and you fear the wrong things. When the hobglobins of fear start dancing in your mind, it's time to refocus on other things. Learn how to squelch the voice of fear with a positive focus!

What Woud Steve Do?

What Would Steve Do?

For me, the dream is all about adventure, freedom, and being really alive. Although I like seeing the sights wherever we go, I think it's the sense of adventure coupled with the freedom to do what I want to do with my life, seasoned with a pinch of adrenalin that makes it all worthwhile.

Imagine, Believe, Receive

Imagine, Believe, Receive

The first step in moving toward your dreams is to doubt your limits. Once you doubt your limits, it's almost as if you are born again. You get an entirely new life with radically different rules of engagement. You enter the Promised Land of Imagine, Believe, and Receive. I know this to be true because I have been there.

Dr. Dave's Eclectic Blog - Positive Thinking Doctor - David J. Abbott M.D.


More than two decades ago, Captain Dave (aka Dr. Dave) started writing and creating websites as he sailed around the world on his sailboat, SV Exit Only. Those early websites and books evolved into the Positive Thinking Network you see today.

Captain Dave lived overseas for twenty-eight years in his globe trotting lifestyle until he became a Flying Doctor with the Indian Health Service working for ten years in the American Southwest flying out to deliver health care to the Apache, Hopi, Hualapai, Havasupai, and Colorado River Tribes.

Dr. Dave completed his work with the Indian Health Service in Arizona, and now runs the Positive Thinking Network full time either from his catamaran or his Land Rover Defenders as he travels around the world

The Positive Thinking Network has a global outreach sending a positive message to 196 countries, and it is your definitive source of positive thinking on the World Wide Web. 

With hundreds of positive websites, and more than a million pages and podcasts downloaded each month, it's where you come to learn everything you want to know about positive thinking. The Positive Thinking Network focuses on positive self-talk, positive spirituality, winning the battle against depression, PTSD, and positive adventure.

Hundreds of family safe websites stand ready to fill your mind with positive things.

Dr. Dave and the Positive Thinking Network work around the clock to change the world, one person at a time, one web page at a time, and one podcast at a time.