Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
For Lent this year, I decided that I would give up something that truly represented a sacrifice. This year I decided to give up all negativity. I wanted to emulate Jesus and what better way to represent my love for Christ than to focus on peace, love and happiness. I must say it was the most rewarding experience of my life.
I love to share articles on Facebook for my friends and family to read. However, trying to find postive articles was an extremely difficult task. The world is full of negative, grotesque news that oftentimes focuses on the obnoxious behavior of celebrities and reality stars. It was disheartening to realize how much negativity we are fed on an everyday basis. I found that I had to simply skip over several articles and basically stop posting them all together. Even scrolling through random posts, I was disappointed in how much negativity people spew all day. I used to love to read the comments attached to the articles but discovered it is just a way for bullies to voice their ignorance and argue amongest one another.
I also noticed that a lot of the company I keep make it hard to remain positive. Negativity is very contagious and when you are already a fussy person, such as myself, it is important to be mindful of friends who bring nothing but strife. This period of reflection made me truly assess my inner circle and gravitate more towards those with upbeat, carefree personalities. As the days progressed, I began to look forward to seeking out the positive. I started to change my personality and whenever I slipped, I would immediately pray.
It is impossible to eliminate all negativity, but how nice it would be if more of us made the effort to at least try to appreciate our blessings. Isn’t it more productive to agree to disagree as opposed to arguing pointlessly about irrevalant issues? I know many who agree with me that the news is full of nothing but the negative, however, if we withdraw our viewing they would have to change what they report. We need to stop supporting this trash that is on television and start demanding better entertainment.
I have decided that my date with positivity will be a lifestyle change. It feels good and I am happier for it. Next, I think I will focus on eliminating my overly opinonated ways. I am work in progress!
Until next time, stay true to yourself.