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.
Hard to believe that it’s already been over a week since I started this experiment. I’m learning a lot and enjoying the process, even though sometimes it’s a little more challenging than I might have hoped.
With my current pain situation (you’ll hear more about that in a minute) I really need a verse that conveys something big; bigger than myself or the challenges I face. Right now I’m clinging to Romans 10:9 “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Nothing is more important than salvation. No matter what we face here on earth, God is with us. He has a plan and eternity is far more important than our fleeting days in this life.
Pain upon Pain
Ever have a day where all you wanted was to crawl into a cave and just black out? Not very positive, but a feeling I’ve been fighting the past few days. It’s worth the fight to be positive, no matter how challenging it may be. If you’ve been following along on my anti negativity and pro optimism journey you know that I’m doing this in the midst of some health challenges, which include severe recurrent migraines. In addition to having a migraine, I had a previously scheduled “routine” replacement of a cracked old amalgam filling scheduled.
Unfortunately it turned out that the dentist apparently forgot to check the xrays prior to the procedure and did not take a new one prior to doing the work. After finishing the procedure she said that the original filling was “much deeper than expected” and there was some decay beneath (apparently let in by the presence of the crack. She had to drill so deep the nerve was exposed. Instead of advising me of this and sharing my options (e.g. go ahead and fill as planned, do a root canal or pull the tooth) she decided to just fill it. Once the novacain wore off I had serious pain. Even taking a sip of room temperature water caused crazy pain. And this is on top of yet another migraine and some other health challenges.
Choosing to Be Positive
Yes, part of me is very angry at the dentist. But I don’t want to dwell on that or embrace negativity. I choose to be positive. It is a constant battle to try to be positive in thought and deed and be pleasant to others in the midst of this pain. It helps tremendously to focus on the fact that this is a temporary situation and all things we face can be used to make us stronger and build our relationships with God and our loved ones.
Dear reader, I hope you understand why I’ve combined the last three days into one article. Apparently this is a lesson I need a little longer to master, but I’m trying. The headache is still there, the tooth is providing searing pain, but I have joy. Joy in knowing that I can still be a light in this world, that I have a choice about whether to have a positive or negative attitude in any given situation, and I choose to follow the path that honors my Lord, provider of eternal salvation. When I stumble, He forgives me. When I am weak, He sustains me. All I need to do is call on Him. He loves me and he loves you too. I hope this thought comforts you as well as it does me. May God bless you and help us all to release negativity and embrace optimism.