Day 31, the final day of the Positive Thinking series, has arrived. Nevermind that it took me 36 days to get here (and a tiny bit of stretching things along the way.) Afterall, that’s life, right? You do the best you can, you stumble here and there, but you get back up and keep moving toward the finish line. Just think of all the stories you’ve heard about that one determined racer who crossed the line after all the other contestants had gone home. You bet their supports clapped just as loudly for their victory as for those who won medals. We are not in competition with each other. This life is about doing our personal best.
And I have LOVED writing this series on positive thinking as it has certainly helped me improve myself in an area in which I claim no strengths. Over the past few weeks as I got my gratitude journal underway, learned from resilient people who have endured suffering, reminded myself of my worth, and sought the advice of someone I admire for her positivity… my heart has been enlarged and lightened at the same time.
After a couple of weeks of working on this new habit of positive thinking, I noticed a change in the way I felt. I found myself looking forward to the opportunities that came with each new day and felt very aware of and content with my blessings. I did have a bit of a relapse after week three… I spent a few days being tired and overwhelmed and thought— “hey, this is my old habit what is it doing back?” I realized, in normal to regress from time to time, but when we see ourselves slipping, we have the opportunity to recommit to happier, healthier ways. So I looked at what I was doing (or not doing so well) and picked it up again. No problem. Just as God extends much mercy to us, we can do the same for ourselves.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little journey. I know it has helped me identify some practices that will help me look on the bright side of things and be grateful for all that I have. I’m sure this is a subject I will revisit again and again. Thanks so much for being here with me. I wish you a grateful heart and a positive mind!
For the introduction and list of daily topics for my project, 31 Days of Positive Thinking, go here.