In a recent trip to Baguio City, my beloved husband and I made it a point to visit a different kind of attraction – the Cemetery of Negativism, also known as Lost Cemetery or Pet Cemetery, located at the Historic Core of Camp John Hay.
It is said that in the early 1980s, base commander John Hightower, the one who designed the graveyard, invited all camp employees to identify the negative thoughts and attitudes that hampered their productivity at work. They were enjoined to symbolically bury negativism in the site. A mock funeral was even conducted to complete the ceremony.
We were greeted with a welcome signage that states: “Negativism is man’s greatest self-imposed infliction, his most limiting factor, his heaviest burden. No more, for here is buried the world’s negativism for all time. those who rest here have died not in vain – but for you a stern reminder — as you leave this hill remember that the rest of your life, Be more positive. Have a good day! – Treat today like it’s your last – though it’s the first of the rest… CJH”
Each tombstone in the graveyard is an interesting reminder of the futility of cultivating negative thoughts. My husband and I symbolically buried our negative thoughts as we moved around reflecting about our lives.
Which among these negative thoughts and attitudes should you bury today?
Today, let us remember that life is short. Let us not waste our God-given potentials with negativism. Let us be proactive and take responsibility for our choices. Let us make the most out of every opportunity as we maximize the moments for God’s glory and honor.