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.
Positive Inspiration for Today
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 (NIV version of the Bible).
The veterinarian prescribed a strong antibiotic cream to help heal my little cat’s wounded ears. We have to apply this cream to her ears three times a day. The trouble is that the cat wants no part of it. She’s fast and nimble and it’s quite a challenge to pin her down and apply the cream. This afternoon I was able to get one ear but not the other (the other ear’s medicine got plastered all over the side of her as she did wild pretzel turns in my hands to try to get away from me). This medicine is good for her and I apply it gently so I doubt it hurts her. She just doesn’t like having her wounded ears touched. Now, when her ears aren’t wounded she lets me pet them (although I doubt she’d like goo spread all over them even if they weren’t wounded).
It got me to thinking about people and negativity. When we’re wounded emotionally (and for many other reasons) we often resist the very things that can help heal us. Sometimes we have to take painful steps in order to reach a more positive place. Taking those painful steps, while not pleasant, can be an optimistic thing to do.
This brought to mind a project that I’ve been procrastinating about. I procrastinate because it’s something I don’t like to do and I estimate that it will take about 180 hours to do. Thinking about 180 hours of unpleasant work can be quite overwhelming. But with my newfound optimism thinking skills I realize that there are things I can do to make the project more pleasant and if I work efficiently I might be able to get it done in less time than I originally estimated. I decided to take the positive step of scheduling work on that project for an hour a day on weekdays starting Monday (the first weekday after my Negativity Diet experiment officially concludes). Completing this project will have the positive results of making my life easier and my husband a lot happier. I know that it will be worth the time and effort to complete it. I just needed a more positive frame of mind to do it.
Thank you for joining me on my journey to reduce negativity and increase optimism. I wish you abundant joy, health and positive thinking.