Sunday, 10 April 2011

Negative thinking and speaking.

So recently I listened to a podcast by Joyce Meyer and she mentioned negative thinking and it's effect. It got me thinking about how negative I am and the effects it has on my everyday life. Today at work I kind of 'listened to myself' and noticed just how flippin negative my thoughts and what I say. I complain about : the work I'm doing, if I feel hungry, what I've got to do the next week. And you know what I realised? Being negative doesn't make my life any better, it ingrains my mind with sadness and an expectation for being let down and things not going my way, when actually I am EXTREMELY happy. I have SO much to be grateful for and SO much I take for granted. Here are a few:

  1. My incredible family. Not just my close family, but my wider family. A few weeks ago I had literally a PERFECT day. I played poker for hours with my cousins who I don't get to see so much because they live in Spain, they were over for my great Uncle's funeral. Then my family and my cousins and aunt and uncle sat down for a home cooked meal, and in the evening we all sat down together and watched 'gladiator'. 
  2. I have a job! A job which pays for lots of things I like: clothes, rent, meals out, nights out. In this difficult economic time I am lucky enough to have a secure job. 
  3. MY BODY WORKS. There is nothing wrong with it! I can run, jump, skip, shout, laugh, hear, see. I don't need injections, I don't need pills. I am in great health.
I could think of endless things to write in this list, big and small. 

What are you grateful for?


Sairs said...

I like this post. I have been doing the same with positive thinking lately myself. I also made a Gratitude Journal. I think it's good you can see these good things and have no negative thinking. I am grateful for Andy and Missy-Moo. I am grateful to have a roof over my head and a husband that accepts my mental health issues. I am lucky!

Anonymous said...

It's really hard for me to think of things I'm grateful for, but there are a few things that stick out in my mind. Firstly, and this is going to sound really bad, but I'm really glad I'm not mentally retarded. I mean, I'm insane and my mind causes more problems than it solves, but I feel like it could be a lot worse. And most of all I'm thankful for my dog. She is the light of my life and I would be dead if she weren't here. And I'm grateful that my dog loves me back. It's the greatest feeling in the world to have her sleep on top of me.

I'm glad that you have found things in your life to be grateful for. Sometimes I feel like it makes the harder times easier to swallow.

Wishing you well,