I started my day like I do most every day, but today seemed a little different. As I went through my morning "ritual," I realized that I was dragging myself along and not feeling my usual "I'm glad to be alive" attitude. I concluded my morning reading and spent some time reflecting and then begin to journal my thoughts. Into my second paragraph I begin to see the problem. I had written nearly a full page without one positive thing to say or found one thing for which to be thankful. I know --- journaling is a great place to vent and to dump the junk. So, I did! I continued to empty out the junk and make room for the good stuff. I was thinking faster than I could write. I was venting and raving about things that I couldn't control - things that make no difference - and things that will not bring one positive thing to my life.
I had to move from those thoughts. I had to trade up, the good for the bad, the positive for the negative, the nonproductive for the productive.
So, here are my thoughts.
•1. I can't help what happens to me, I can only help what happens in me.
•2. I can only manage and change my life. Everyone else will have to take care of themselves.
•3. My attitude will influence everything I do, so it might as well be positive and productive.
•4. I cannot predict what will happen today, but I can plan my day and resolve to follow my plan.
•5. I will have productive opportunities today and it's up to me to take advantage of them.
•6. I am accountable to God and to myself. No one to blame but me.
•7. I am what I think. From the Proverbs, "as a person thinks in their heart, so are they."
These thoughts changed my Monday morning blues, to, "this is the best day of my life because I have never lived it before. Today I might have the opportunity to meet people I've never met, do things I've never done, and make a positive difference in someone's life."