Dr. Dave's Eclectic Blog



Once upon a time there was a tiny planet on the edge of the milky way galaxy.

Against all odds, planet earth won the lottery of life in an otherwise dead universe.

Against all odds, we are here.

In a strange twist of galactic fate, we have been put on planet earth to defy the odds.

From the day of our birth, we have been defying the odds.

We were not placed here to live forever. Even if we could, we would get very old, very wrinkled and very miserable. I am willing to bet half my kingdom that living a thousand years would be a punishment and not a reward.

In a global sense, we are here to do one thing. We are here to defy the odds.

Some people believe they are here to collect stuff - lots of stuff - big piles of stuff. They work like trojans to get more stuff and this strange thing called money. They even do bad things to other people so they can get a bigger pile.

If the purpose of life was to make piles of stuff, I am not sure it would be worth living. A dung beetle life doesn’t work for me. Rolling poo into balls and pushing it around year after year is not the way I want to live.

We are meant to travel light on our trip through time, and we are meant to defy the odds.

The easiest thing to find on planet earth is people who tell you everything you cannot do. Their favorite words are, “Nope, no way, impossible, it can’t be done, and don’t even try.”

It hard to find people who say, “Go for it, make it happen, anything is possible, you are here to defy the odds.”

When children are young, we ask them the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

What we are really saying is, “What are you going to do to fit in?”

What we should be saying is, “You are here to defy the odds. Don’t worry about fitting in. Go out and make a difference in the world.”

The essence of life is defying the odds.

My life is far from a death defying performance, but I have had an excellent life that defied the odds.

What are the odds I would be born on planet earth?
What are the odds I would be born in a nation with a bill of rights?
What are the odds I would be born in a family that was loving and nurturing?
What are the odds I would be given a good mind and the power to think?
What are the odds I would receive a good education?
What are the odds I would get into medical school?
What are the odds I would survive malaria in Africa?
What are the odds I would do an internship in the Panama Canal Zone?
What are the odds I would become an ophthalmologist?
What are the odds I would become a retina surgeon?
What are the odds I would drive Land Rover Defenders across Arabian Sands and around the world?
What are the odds I would survive a serious car accident in New Zealand?
What are the odds I would sail around Planet Ocean on my own boat?
What are the odds I would that I would be a Flying Doctor in the Indian Health Service?
What are the odds I would start a second sailing voyage around the world at age 70?
What are the odds I would be in Covid 19 quarantine for 40 days in the Galapagos Islands?
What are the odds I would sail for 21 days and nights from Galapagos to the Sea of Cortez?
What are the odds I would be cruising the Sea of Cortez with my family during a pandemic?
What are the odds I would write twelve books?
What are the odds I would create the Positive Thinking Network?
What are the odds I would have hundreds of positive websites?
What are the odds I would send out positive newsletters?
What are the odds I would have adventures for 32 years outside my country of birth?

If the bookmakers in Vegas made bets on my life, they would have lost all their cash.

If I had placed bets on my life, I wouldn’t have done much better.

The point of this homily is that even the smartest person who ever lived could never have predicted the trajectory of my life or yours.

Although you are master of your fate and captain of your soul, your ability to see into the future is less than dim. It’s a black void.

But that’s ok, because wherever you are, and no matter what happens, your job is to defy the odds.

You beat the odds in the past, and you can do it again.

Those who defy the odds are the heroes of life.

The smartest thing you could ever do is give up your small ambitions to become rich and famous, and instead, live a life that defies the odds.

You will be glad you did.

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.