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 five 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.
My Biblical theme for today is from Proverbs 16:24, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” What a wonderful thought, that pleasant words not only soothe our spirits but might actually heal our bodies. I find it helpful to focus on a Bible verse throughout the day to help keep on track in my pursuit of positive thinking (and elimination of negative thinking).
Facing Health Challenges Positively
Upon awakening it was pretty clear that I still had the tail end of the migraine I mentioned in Day 4’s article. Instead of complaining, focusing on the pain or giving up on the day entirely, I prayed about it and gave my concerns to God. While my pain didn’t seem to ease, my mind did seem to clear. I decided to just take things slowly and enjoy the things that I was able to do (versus focus on the limitations). My cat benefitted greatly as I spent longer than usual before getting out of bed and she enjoyed the extended affection (she usually pops up on the bed when I wake up because she knows that’s a good time for petting).
Patience Makes Being Positive Easier
I did have to run a few errands. This positivity experiment / negativity diet is really helping me in the patience department. Because I’d already made the decision to take it easy I optimistically decided to let people who seemed to be in a hurry go before me in line and spent a few extra minutes encouraging an acquaintance who seemed to benefit from our exchange (had I been in a hurry or focusing on my headache this opportunity would have slipped by). Focusing on others’ needs seemed to make it easier to release negative thinking about my own health situation.
Laughing instead of Grumbling
The most amazing change I noticed was in my car on my way home. The driver in front of me was going around 20 mph in a 45 mph zone. The negative thought that I was trying to take it easy but not that easy did float through my mind. But then I optimistically thought, “really, what is an extra minute or two; I’m almost home anyway.” So I relaxed and enjoyed the Christian music on the radio as I continued to trail the slow moving vehicle before me. Now, this is where it gets funny. The person had been consistently going super slow, but suddenly when there’s a yellow light she becomes a race car driver! She sped right up, zooming through the tail end of the red light. In the past I’d have probably complained out loud in my car about her. But that doesn’t help anyone and it does promote a bad mood. Instead, I laughed. What she did was dangerous (and she’ll probably get a ticket as that was a traffic camera intersection) but as no one got hurt it was kind of funny too. Miles and miles of slow and pokey driving only to be spurred on like she’d been whipped when it comes to a possible 30 second wait at a traffic light.
Well, I still have a ways to go, but I feel like this is making a positive difference in my life. The first step to change is awareness of the need for change. Every day I’m becoming more aware of areas that can benefit from improvement and it’s eye opening. Thanks to the encouragement of those of you that are following my experiment, it’s pretty fun too. May God bless you and help us all to release negativity and embrace optimism.