Some thing so simple came to my mind in the quietness;
Negative Plus Negative DOES NOT equal Positive
When I get stressed, frustrated, overwhelmed or any of those other “bads”, I certainly start doing the math ... their negative gets a negative from me, which equals more negative, and we all know the downward spiral that this gets into. Negative plus negative just keeps adding up to more negative, for all of us.
Of course, what I want, and what we all want, is a peaceful, respectful and happy atmosphere.
And I was reminder of an exercise I use to practice;
Two Positives for Each One Negative
What does that look like? If I thought of or said something critical or negative, I would make myself go to a private place (outside, or the bathroom) and write out two positives for that one negative. Let’s say I think something frustrating about a mess a child just made...I would go to the bath room and write out two positives, like “I am so glad that the LORD gave me this child. I am thankful that she is healthy and fun to be with.” Then I would get back in the game. Also something that really helped me; if I felt stressed or overwhelmed, I would go outside, regardless of the weather, breath deeply, and thank the LORD for two things, like the beauty of the trees, and the fresh smell of the air. This exercise really did strengthen me and gave me a “tool” to use to fight negative or critical thoughts.
And I really want this....
...to look like this!
So, I am picking back up this “tool” and will be exercising those thinking muscles. If you would like to try it, I can tell you it is best if you start out writing down your positives.
And, I’m EVEN going to go so far as to start out with two positives for our tax frustrations....
1. I am glad that we live in a time and a country where there are laws to protect our freedom.
2. I am thankful for the people that are helping us to correct the mistakes that the IRS has made.
Please, share what helps you....and may we continue to “encourage one another daily” (Heb. 3:13) for HIS GLORY.