For lent, I am giving up being negative.
It’s easy for me to be negative – to feel like everything that can go wrong has or will go wrong. To hear every comment made by others as a criticism of me and of all I believe in. It’s easy for me to look at every slight that has been paid to me and to worry over it and make it seem bigger just by the worrying.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m normally a very positive person – I do look on the bright side and see the best in people and situations. But all it takes is one bad comment and I can be left in that place of either needing to “defend” myself, or to “apologize” for something that isn’t my responsibility.
I was listening to a speaker yesterday talk about how we measure success – and how the greatest way of all was about love. I believe this to be true and practice it in most areas of my life, but not when I am being negative. When that comes along I am measuring my success by many outside things, but most often, I am judging myself negatively because someone has not understood what I’ve said, or because they have questioned why I did or said something.
So I have decided that I will positively give up being negative.
Every time I find myself having these negative thought or feelings, I will remind myself that I’ve given them up for lent, AND STOP. And then actively think of a positive regarding the situation – no matter how hard that may be.
I’m not at all sure how this will work out, but it will be an interesting ride, and, as they say – more will be revealed.