Repetitive Negative Thinking Is Dangerous

Today’s prompt, in my opinion, leads to negative thinking—it would tend to draw a person to dive deep into thinking about what is “wrong” about either the structure they live in (house, apartment, etc.) or
their body.
WHY would I want to do that?

Instead, I would try to look at anything that “irritates” me (angers or annoys me) from a different perspective.

In response to today’s prompt:
one thing that COULD irritate me would be that I moved into my parents’ house when they passed and my dad, who grew up in the Depression Era, always chose to make any repairs or maintenance in the cheapest way possible—
BUT what that gives me is the opportunity to replace things with
long-lasting quality materials – to improve my home instead of getting
angry and/or complaining. One response impacts my body and my
mind in bad ways and the other way of looking at it gives me the
power to make better choices and improve what is my home.

While I know every coin has two sides,
I also know there are some things which are impossible to view from
a positive perspective, hard to find a way to see anything “good” in it,
but it seems like a better thing to me to try to find even a tiny point
that is positive before wasting my time and my energy by focusing
on what irritates me.

One study found that a habit of prolonged negative thinking
diminishes your brain’s ability to think, reason, and form memories.
Essentially draining your brain’s resources.

SO, I am NOT going to spend my time focusing on what might irritate
me, but instead will choose to be thankful I have a place to live
even if it is, like me, imperfect!

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About Jeanne

a work in progress . . . God's grace has brought me through many traumas of varying intensities and I am alive today (both physically & spiritually) because of Him and His work: "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus"-Philippians 1:6. My childhood was spent living in many places in the United States due to my family's music or ministry—The Hicks Family, made up of Olan & Barbara Hicks, my younger brothers, Clint & Chuck & me, sang in different combos (put out an album), does so no longer professionally . . . but, visit a family gathering in Searcy & you're bound to hear some foot-tapping sounds (or catch my dad & mom on the road)! I believe that every moment of each life path (the good & what I perceive as the bad) God works together for my good as His child whether I understand it or not. MUSIC and MINISTRY are still primary aspects of the path God has me walking—so exciting! Words that have encouraged me since 1980: ". . . giving them a garland instead of ashes,The oil of gladness instead of mourning,The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting So they will be called oaks of righteousness,The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
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2 Responses to Repetitive Negative Thinking Is Dangerous

  1. Thanks for the good reminder. I decided to rant a bit on this topic but in the rant, tried to think the issue through. And chose to remember the great things I love!

  2. gipsi says:

    I felt like this about the prompt too and had to pull myself up and think about the positives first. 😄

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