Dr. Dave's Eclectic Blog



An adventure is a bold, risky undertaking with an uncertain outcome.

I am a risk averse person who takes risks anyway.

I wish I was an explorer, but so far, I have not gone where other people dared not go.

I have had a few adventures, but an explorer I am not.

Adventures come in all sizes and shapes, and there are plenty of fake adventures to go around.

A fake adventure is neither bold nor risky, and the outcome is already known.

Fake adventures are for thrill seekers and adrenalin junkies. Fake adventures may require a modicum of courage, but someone else manages the risk and guarantees a positive outcome.

Real adventure requires boldness on your part, it’s up to you to manage the risk, and there are no guarantees of a favorable outcome.

Here is a list of my adventures so far.

1. In medical school, I received a Dewitt Wallace Fellowship in International Medicine that took me to work in a mission hospital for three months in a remote section of Kenya, East Africa.

2. I performed eye surgery in Liberia, West Africa.

3. I drove through Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama on my way to my internship in the Panama Canal Zone.

4. I did my rotating internship at Gorgas Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone.

5. I served in the Navy for five years as an eye surgeon at Roosevelt Roads Naval Hospital in Puerto Rico.

6. I landed and took off on an aircraft carrier when I was in the US Navy.

7. I worked as a retinal surgeon at King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for 16 years.

8. I played Riyadh Roulette with Scud missles coming down into Riyadh during Gulf War One.

9. I spent ten years exploring the Arabian desert camping in the desert for 60 to 90 nights each year.

10. I drove in Arabia from the Red Sea to the Persian Gulf in my Land Rover Defenders. I drove from the Iraqi Border to the Yemeni border in my Defenders. I drove across the Arabian Empty Quarter in North to South and South to North Directions.

11. I drove to Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman in my Defenders.

12. I sailed around the world in my 39 foot catamaran - Exit Only.

13. I sailed through Pirate Alley in the Malacca Straits and between Somalia and Yemen in the Gulf of Aden.

14. I sailed up the Red Sea.

15. I sailed twice to New Zealand and twice to Australia.

16. I sailed through storms at sea North of New Zealand and in the Atlantic Ocean.

17. I went through a global tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of victims in the Indian Ocean basin in 2004.

18. I sailed through massive tsunami debris crossing the Indian Ocean on the way to the Maldives and Oman.

19. I survived fierce headwinds in the Gulf of Suez.

20. I served as a Flying Doctor with the Indian Health Service in Arizona for ten years. I flew out to the Apache, Hopi, Hualapai, Havasupai, and Colorado River tribes in my work.

21. I refit my sailboat, and sailed with my kids and grandchildren to the Bahamas, Panama, Colombia, San Blas, transited the Panama Canal, and sailed out to the Galapagos.

22. I survived the global pandemic in Galapagos, and sailed for twenty one days and nights though the doldrums to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

23. I survived 4 months in the Sea of Cortez without contracting Covid 19.

This list is not complete.

It’s simply a review of some of my adventures - none of them earth shattering or world changing. They were simply adventures, and they are mine.

They were risky, and the outcome was far from secure.

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.