We all have choices in life. One it seems like I face daily is the choice to look at something in a positive light or see the negative side of things. I have to admit, I listened to a lot of Joel Osteen in the first few months of my twins life (beat that postpartum depression any way you can!!) and yes it is spilling over into this blog! Basically if I were to sum up what he says on the multiple CDs I have listened to it would be this:
When you have a choice, think good. When you have a choice, be that positive support to another person. When you have a choice, choose to believe the best is going to happen. Basically, negative thinking really gets you nowhere!
I think this is really pretty true. Lots of times when it has been a rough night with less than adequate sleep instead of wallowing in my crankiness, I mentally write off my fatigue from the ledger and say to myself "today is a new day". It helps so much, yes I am still tired, but that lack of sleep no longer has power to make me a crabby momma.
There is always plenty of negative in this world, too much if we go looking for it or choose to see it. Why not look at the positive side of things, yes sometimes that means intentionally being oblivious and ignoring lots of what is going on in the world! You have just a few people that you are around 90% of the time and have the most influence on with your life...let that influence be positive.
I am of course not great at this. I don't always get it right, but it has truly helped me to try to be intentional about being positive, seeing the good, finding that silver lining where at all possible. Seeing the positive helps you to be thankful and being thankful helps you to be closer to God.