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 eighteen 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
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.” Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV version of the Bible).
Little Is Much
Well, I’d been hoping that the reason I’ve felt tired the last few days was because of all the stress of the whole dental/migraine situations but it turns out I caught a cold. Kind of ironic because I’ve been researching how positive attitudes boost immunity. But, like with most things in life, there are no guarantees. I’m focusing on doing what I can to get better as soon as possible.
Today was meant to be a heavy workday for me. I’d planned to write three articles and get about 30 of my to-do list items done (plus every day things like personal Bible study and exercise). Keeping today’s Bible verse in mind I decided that it’s not going to be about quantity but attitude today. I’d already forgiven myself for this morning’s slip up (see below). I reminded myself that I’m not here on earth solely to please myself. Primarily, I’m here to please God and I chose to make my marriage second in priority. So I focused on doing my bits of work today in a way that honors God and my husband. The chorus of the song, “Little Is Much When God Is in It” has being going through my head (although in my head it’s a much peppier version of the song) and even though I don’t feel all that well, by focusing on the positive things that I can do, I’m having a great day.
I wish I could say that the whole day went smoothly but I have to admit to some unpleasant thoughts this morning. Because I have asthma and a cold, I had a lot of trouble sleeping and breathing last night. Around five in the morning is when I’d guess I finally started to get some good sleep.
The secretary of one of my doctors has a habit of calling very early in the morning about trivial things. I’ve asked her repeatedly to email or wait to call until after nine a.m. but she keeps calling between seven and eight am, invariably when I’m still asleep. When she called this morning, yet again at a very early hour, I was so deeply asleep that I don’t even remember the first part of the phone conversation. I do remember asking her (once again) to not call until after nine a.m. and she said she had no way of being able to make a note of that. I, in my half asleep condition, had completely forgotten about my negativity diet and broke my personal rule of not offering unsolicited advice (it seldom makes people happy) and mentioned that it’s considered proper business etiquette to not call residential numbers until after nine a.m. anyway, so perhaps she might consider instituting the rule across the board and not just for me. She didn’t even respond to that but instead said she’d “call back.” I remember hanging up and thinking, “Yeah, next time I’m sick and asleep in bed again!” Not very positive. A little funny… but I’m going to be positive and not beat myself up over the slip and just chalk it up to being sick and half asleep still.
I hope that one day I’m so infused with optimism and positive thinking that I’ll even react in a more positive way when half asleep, but I’m not there yet. However, part of being optimistic is to give people a break, and that includes being kind to ourselves too.
Thank you for sharing my journey to reduce negativity and increase optimism. I wish you abundant health, joy and positive thinking.