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Fight Negativity by Focusing on the Positive – February 8 Inspiration

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Fight negativity. I’m not sure why negativity is so insidious, but it certainly seems to creep in and take over sometimes even before we know it. Kind of like adding food dye to batter and stirring until the dye becomes evenly distributed throughout the batter. Those few drops can affect the entire batch of batter, much like one negative person can affect the mood of several people in a room. We have to actively, maybe even aggressively, fight negativity by focusing on the positive instead.

 

Here is today’s inspiration…

“You don’t have to sit around

and listen to friends or coworkers

murmur and complain all day.

If you stay in that environment,

it is going to affect your spirit.

You may not be able to avoid them…

but you can limit the access they have to you.

Another thing you can do is

change the direction of the conversation.

You might be surprised

at how your positive words can influence others.

The most important thing is to realize

that negative words can affect your spirit.

Don’t allow the negativity of those around you

to pull you down and take your focus away from the Lord.

Fill your life with positive things

that build you up and increase your joy.”

–Joyce Meyer in “You Can Begin Again”

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My reflections:

The effect of negativity–its heaviness–reminds me of how I feel when my asthma flares up. It feels like it’s taking my breath away and crushing me. Then the nebulizer breathing treatment alleviates that heaviness and restores easier breathing, much like focusing on positive things restores a much lighter, happier environment.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Have you felt that heaviness of negativity? Do you speak up to redirect the conversation into a more positive path?

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My Logo Pocket Tote Bag I made for a customer.

4 Comments

  1. Linda Hampton

    It’s so easy to focus on the negative because of living to much in the past. If should focus on living now and stop focusing on the past and not try to look at the future as if that’s when we will be happy. That’s when we will be happy
    Linda Hampton recently posted..5 Easy Strategies to Break Bad Habits

    08 . Feb . 2016
  2. Estelle

    I agree it’s important to fight negativity that brings you down.
    Estelle recently posted..How to Write for The Huffington Post

    09 . Feb . 2016
  3. Gena Livings

    Nice Post!
    When someone constantly keeps the company of negative individuals or has developed negative habits over long periods of time it becomes challenging to see the “light.” However, through awareness, developing faith and perseverance a person can definitely turn the tide and begin to focus on living more positively.

    09 . Feb . 2016
  4. Alana

    I think, especially in a work environment, that negativity acts as a kind of bonding – the wrong kind of bonding but a binding nevertheless. I don’t always speak up. Today, in particular, I am trying to stay positive – and hoping this will be a good day.
    Alana recently posted..I’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

    09 . Feb . 2016

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