I admit that a couple of bad things happening (or even okay things that were completely unexpected) can sour my mood. I know that I shouldn’t allow this to happen, but I do from time to time. I know that I must do a better job of being level-headed and positive. Let’s face it: folks tend to like being around others who are positive and encouraging but tend to shy away from those who are “doom and gloom” all the time. I know there are exception to this, but with respect to relationships and work, being positive has a better result.
If you’re saying to yourself, “I’m a curmudgeon by nature,” (I have a particular friend who comes to mind who has said this), there are steps you can take to becoming more positive. One simple thing that you can do is to take a step back and look at a given situation from a different perspective.
An example of this appeared today At The Well. A mother was having a rough day. She was stressed, dealing with the younger kids, and trying to navigate through Walmart. Then a gentleman pointed out something was wrong with her children. She immediately cast a critical eye at them and saw their faults. His following words caught her by surprise:
“They will grow up too fast.”
We can get so caught up being critical or being negative that we fail to see the positives, to see the things to celebrate and rejoice over in a given situation. As a result, we cause increased stress upon ourselves, hurt our relationships, hurt our productivity, and overall hurt our own lives. Instead of being self-destructive, strive to be more positive resulting in a healthier, friendlier, and more productive you.
Biblical Perspective: Remain Positive, Regardless of the Circumstances