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 twenty 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
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10 (NIV version of the Bible). This goes way beyond a general positive attitude to selfless service. But I think positive thinking (and even more so, God’s help) is needed to even have a chance at success with this verse. You have to believe it’s even possible before it can happen. Imagine how much better a place our world would be if selfishness and greed were replaced by attitudes of love and honoring one another!
Speaking of honoring, dear readers, you have honored me greatly with your patronage and today I get to celebrate achieving 10,000 page views on my Associated Content articles! Thank you so much! This definitely made it easier to reduce negativity and feel infused with optimism today (despite my cold and lingering tooth pain)! Here’s a link to a haiku I wrote in your honor as a token of my gratitude.
Growing To Do Lists
The cold caused an asthma flare up and the cold’s coughing and sneezing has brought the aforementioned lingering tooth pain back up to a level 8 out of 10 in severity. Because of this, I had decided to give myself another to do list break and just focus on healthy habits and doing what I could comfortably do without the pressure of a list today.
I think I made it about 30 minutes before I started “just a little list” which was hand written (more relaxed than a computer list, right?) with three tasks (write my last monthly featured Health & Wellness Contributor assignment, do three loads of easy laundry and do my “basic chores”). I rationalized that it feels so good to check things off that was surely an optimistic thing to do. Unfortunately for my relaxation plan, my list seemed to have its own magical will to multiply! A few minutes later the list had six items (one of which was to write this article). Then the next time I counted it had ten. Well, before noon my list was up to around twenty items so I just went back to my regular computer to do list (which usually has anywhere from 20-30 items anyway).
Sometimes it’s more relaxing to work with our nature than against it. I am positive that life is better (for me at least) with a list. In the past I couldn’t have felt good about myself until I checked off every item on my list, no matter how ridiculously long I made it. However, I did put today’s three unfinished tasks onto tomorrow’s list without thinking negatively about myself, so that’s definitely progress in the positive thinking department and that’s another positive thing to celebrate today. Yay!
Thank you for joining me on my journey to reduce negativity and increase optimism. I wish you abundant health, joy and positive thinking.