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. 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
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” Romans 12:14 (NIV version of the Bible).
Pray Instead of Curse
Thankfully I’m not aware of anyone truly persecuting me, but when people irritate me I can modify this verse for the situation to something like “Bless those who irritate you: bless and do not curse” (the italics is my modification). This came in handy when another driver cut across three lanes of traffic from the furthest left lane to suddenly take an exit on the furthest right side and almost hit us in the process. I’ve found that it’s much better to pray for the offender than to get grumpy and focus on the negativity of the situation. It’s amazing how much more positive (or at least less negative) you often feel about a situation after praying about it.
Bless and Do Not Rob
Getting daily emails about being robbed in Mafia wars is not positive, and before my negativity diet I used to go and rob the offenders back, “returning the favor” as is the custom in the game. When I started this negativity diet I decided that it would be more positive to just delete the robbing notification emails until I had the time to figure out how to stop receiving them in the first place. Yesterday I decided to take the time to figure out how to turn the email notifications off (although the in game notifications will still be there I rarely look at them). Surprisingly it only took a couple of minutes (I’d been procrastinating because I thought it would take longer to figure out). But today’s verse made me realize an even more positive solution. When I do see those negative notifications I can bless those that rob me or kill me in Mafia Wars. It’s only a game and this training should make it even easier to react more positively (blessing and not cursing) to real life situations. Who knew that a game like Mafia Wars could be a positive thinking training ground?
Some day I’ll probably stop playing Mafia wars. I actually only started playing to help some friends and family members who begged me to play daily for weeks before I finally caved in and joined. I have mixed feelings about whether it’s really even an appropriate game for a Christian to play but it helps a lot of my friends and I do enjoy the strategic part of the game. So as long as I continue to play, I can use it to increase my positive thinking muscles.
Thank you for joining me on my journey to reduce negativity and increase optimism. I wish you abundant blessings, joy and positive thinking.