The subject is controversial. Some like it, some detest it. Not many are neutral, not that I've run in to. And we all have our own interpretation of it. Including me.
I've been mulling over writing a post about it for awhile, because what *I* mean by Positive Thinking is often misinterpreted by those who have a negative definition of the concept.
To think positive does not mean you deny hard, cold facts.
It DOES refer to how you interpret those facts.
It is not la la la la, fingers in my ears, not wanting to talk about honest "truth".
It IS a tendency to focus on the UP side of life, and try to find the blessings and the lessons that we can learn from what we go through.
It is not minimizing or discounting the painful realities that we go through.
It IS saying we can live a good life anyway.
We can look for the good, and not stay stuck in the muck.
Like Jules says, it's the attitude.
There is a blog I visit named Yellow Brick Road, written by Dailyseeking. It is one of those that makes me pause, and think. It tends to be a quiet, thoughtful, and sincere blog.
Dailyseeking has recently been posting about a book she is reading by Joyce Meyer called Power Thoughts. And in a recent post (HERE) Positive Thinking is described the best way that I've read in a long, long time! I really enjoyed it.
So, instead of re-inventing the wheel, I'm just going to recommend you read her post. Here is part of it, to wet your appetite:
"Being positive does not mean we deny the existence of difficulty; it means we believe God is greater than our difficulties. Train your brain to trust and believe God and to think positive thoughts that are based on His word. Always remember that nothing is impossible with God! (Joyce Meyer-Power Thoughts)"
We have a choice as to which we dwell upon... the positive or the negative. We acknowledge the challenges, but how we interpret them makes all the difference. I really believe that... and even though I don't always DO it, I try.
Sure, at times I lose my focus... I get discouraged, and feel sorry for myself and whine and pout "it's not fair". But eventually I realize how unproductive that train of thought is.
I remember my Source, my God. And I remember WHY I wanted to make these healthy changes. And I make up my mind to learn from my mistakes and go ON.
Positive thinking is not the opposite of being "honest". It is looking at the realities of life through the lens of optimism, hope, determination and faith.
It's a pretty powerful way to think, if you ask me!
From Dr Phil's book: "Whatever the situation, you can choose your reaction. No matter what the circumstances, your interpretation of those events is of your own choosing."
My verse for today: "Love is patient, love is kind."
My quote for today: "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." --Winston Churchill
Enjoy the Journey,