You know that old saying; When it rains, it pours?
This is said to be a proverb meaning that misfortunes or difficult situations tend to follow each other in rapid succession or to arrive all at the same time.
Bad times, like migraines, seem to come together in clusters.
So what in the world can we do to survive these times?
I’ll let you know MY thoughts on the matter, and then, I’d love to hear YOURS!
I was reading a transcript of a conference my husband and I attended back in 2017, and came across the following quote;
“Opposition attaches itself to what you do not remove. Blessings attach themselves to what you respond to in obedience.”Graham Cooke – Aglow International Global Conference – Richmond, VA – 2017
So what is it exactly, that I should be removing?
I firmly believe that what we allow to roll around in our heads effects the outcome of our daily lives, or at least how we respond to those things.
So. I must DECLARE WAR on the NEGATIVITY that accumulates around me.
I may not be able to erase all of that negativity, but I can surely control how I respond to it!
I can think of several ways to begin this process; but it does begin with a decision.
A quality decision that I will no longer allow the negativity of the world or my own circumstances to weigh me down.
To be certain; This can be, has been, and will be, a daily process. To keep the quality of that decision.
So here are some ideas;
- Make that decision, old habits die hard, make that decision again!
- Determine how much news you want to take in. Personally, my news only comes from highly trusted sources – and then only in tiny pieces. Try adding some funny videos instead.
- Consider who you are hanging around with. – Debbie Downer? Negative Nelly? Long ago, I had to restrict my visits with a really good friend, until she got her negativity under control. Find someone who makes your heart smile.
- What are you reading? News, news, news? Drama, drama, drama? These things have a different effect on different individuals. Find out for yourself, and if they weigh you down – Quit them! There is so much variety out there! Try something a bit more light hearted.
- Take some quiet time for yourself – Every Day – three minutes or thirty, whatever you can get away with. Literal quiet, or an activity that calms your heart and mind.
- Stop complaining! Yes. It is so negative. I remember telling God that if I didn’t complain, I wouldn’t have anything to say. Well then………? I had to tell myself to “Just. Stop. Talking.” Until I got it under control.
- I find that reading the Holy Bible in my favorite version the ESV, has a super calming effect on my thought life. Life changing actually. Giving my brain positive input instead of negative. I have friends who prefer the poetry route – whatever works for you!
I am positive there are as many ways to come against negativity as there are people.
I would love it if you would share your ideas with me either in the comments or in a message. Whatever works for you.
So back to the quote; “Opposition attaches itself to what you don’t remove, blessings attach to what you respond to in obedience.” (In this case, he is describing obedience to scripture)
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.The Holy Bible – English Standard Version – BibleGateway.com
What will you remove?
What will you add in it’s place?
How will you respond?
Your mindset is critical!
Can’t agree more. One time my manager told me “don’t put it in the universe”. 🙂 🙂 it is really true that thinking good thoughts, optimism, and ignoring stressor will set you free 🙂 🙂 some people get sick because of stress and worrying to much.
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“Determine how much news you want to take in”. I think this is excellent advice, I stopped watching news many years ago. I also stopped following the “sensationalized” weather, and now stick with NOAA weather: “just the facts, Ma’am”.
All your points are spot on! I love my quiet life. Being a shepherd and a gardener (activities that calm my heart and mind) keep me close to the cycle of life and the seasons of the earth. I also pray, a lot, and love to deepen the study of my faith with the small group I meet with weekly; I thank God for bringing our small group together.
I also enjoy the photos you post from under the hill. Your perspective is literally 180* away from mine from above that same hill, so close, yet so far! Please continue to share.