Welcome back! I appreciate your support in my battle against negativity and efforts to be more positive. Special thanks to those who have left me encouraging comments or promoted my work by sharing the link to this or one of the previous days’ articles. It’s time to share the lessons learned from day fifteen of my negativity diet. I hope you’re enjoying my journey to a more positive and optimistic life. If you missed Day 1, you can read all about it here and links to all the days in between can be found on my Associated Content profile.
Inspiration for Today
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NIV version of the Bible),
Funny how yesterday I was thinking that I’m hoping to make this a lifelong change yet today I’m thinking that I’m more than halfway through my 30 days. Both are true. After the 30 days I won’t be reporting so often or as hyper vigilant aboutwhether my every thought is positive or negative, but I hope that a certain raised awareness will remain. So I’ll get a break and still be able to cherish my increased optimism. To celebrate my hump day I splurged on a car aromatherapy diffuser and special “traveling companion” aromatherapy blend. Positive feelings surged as I enjoyed the scented ride home.
Seeing Through Eyes of Love
On my walk today I saw a lady who was walking two dogs. One appeared to be behaving as desired but the other one seemed to have tangled her legs in its leash. She was struggling as I approached but at this point I was too far away to offer assistance. By the time I was within hearing distance I overheard her say, “I’m not very happy with you right now” to the apparently disobedient dog. She had untangled herself and didn’t need assistance so I stayed on the opposite side of the road. Had it not been rude to do so, I would have stopped and stared. I was quite taken with the expression on her dog’s face. Even though she was chiding the dog and clearly unhappy and still disheveled from the tangling (and I think she may have stepped in poo too as she was wiping something off the bottom of her shoe), her pet was staring at her with complete adoration and love. The word “rapturous” even came to my mind. That’s how completely filled with love the dog’s expression was. This devoted pet’s owner may not have been happy with it, but it knew it was loved.
As I continued my walk I thought about how wonderful it would be if we could filter out any angry words or bad moods in our loved ones and just focus on how wonderful it is that they love us. I decided that the next time one of my loved ones gets mad at me or is irritable I’d step back mentally and just picture them at their most loving and let my response come from that feeling of love. I think I’ve subconsciously been doing this in the reverse when others irritate me (looking for the positive and trying to see them through love colored glasses) and it will be interesting to see how it works in reverse. Maybe some of you can join me in this. I’d love to hear how it works for you.
Thank you for joining me on my journey to reduce negativity and increase optimism. I wish you abundant love, joy and positive thinking.