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Thursday, July 30, 2015

A good positive day - Part III

I thought I might just finish out the week with some more thoughts on "having a good positive day."
One of the aspects of life that we all deal with are negative emotions.
Here's what I know:  The way we think affects the way we feel and the way we feel affects the way we act.
So how do you change the way you act and the way you feel?
By the way you process the negative emotions in your life.
And here's is what I would suggest:  When negative emotions come your way - starve them to death.
There is an old story that I have told in different ways:  Here is the latest version.
It is a classic fable that begins with a grandfather telling his grandson about the two wolves battling inside his heart.
"One is wise and kind, and the other is vicious and cruel," says the grandfather.
"Which one will win?"  asks the grandson.  And the grandfather replies, "The one I feed."
Thinking positive thoughts is a key to success.
Tommy Newberry writes, "If it comes down to choosing between reaching  your full potential or experiencing the negative emotion you believe you deserve, what's it going to be?
Negative thoughts will always lead to you having and experiencing more of what you don't want. 
Again, to quote Newberry, "to live a life of maximum joy, you must learn how to minimize negative emotions so they will not dominate your life."
How do you do that? 
I would suggest the following: 
Acknowledge them.  Put them in their place.  Take responsibility for those negative thoughts and whether you are going to allow them to continue.  Starve negative emotions by always looking at the big picture (Remind yourself of what is truly important).  Drop the thought.  Spend time with God.  ("In quietness and confidence shall be your strength - Isaiah 30:15)  Practice compassion (When you practice compassion, you detach yourself from the situation and don't over-personalize it).  Ask God for help.
You can demolish, as Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 10:4, "arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
And remember (to quote Newberry one more time):  Emotions don't reveal the quality of your life; they reveal the quality of your thinking at any particular moment. 
Change your focus and it will change your life!
Just a thought for a Thursday.

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