“It is not always possible to do away with negative thinking, but with persistence and practice, one can gain mastery over them so that they do not take the upper hand.”
― Stephen Richards

Warning This Post Does Not Contain A Magical Remedy!

Over the past two years I have begun to notice that I do not look at the negative side of things automatically.  Writing about my challenges seems to have retrained my thought pattern by seeing the positive in situations. I am truly not sure of when it happened, all that I know is that it did.

Dealing with the negative stuff in life is difficult for most people, some are better at handling them than others.  It sometimes makes you wonder do they have a secret that you wish they would tell you.  My best friend is so cheerful as soon as his eyes are open.  He loves to kid around making it hard to know when he is really being serious.  This at times can make me feel so frustrated.  He sees the funny side of most matters.  For me I take a long time to get motivated in the morning.  However, caffeine helps with that problem.

Then there have been others in my life that seem to naturally be the “woe is me” twenty-four/seven.  After awhile I would find myself copying their attitude.  It would take me some time shake that off.  I finally just had to cut them out of my life.

When my Psychiatrist stopped to visit me while I was in the hospital several weeks back I told her just before she had to go, “consider me a student that’s graduated”.  She immediately remarked that she liked such a positive spin.  It truly felt wonderful to let her see my transformation for she did see me when I was so negative about my life. 

Let me state for the record I do not have a twelve step plan for others on dealing with negatives in your life, I just don’t.  Let’s be truthful, if I did that more than likely it would cause more negativity that positivism.  Also, I do not have a formal education with a degree in Psychiatry.

So dear reader let me encourage you that it turning negatives into positives can happen in your life!  As the old adage, practice, practice, practice!

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  1. K.L. Hale

    Great positive post! Successfully emerging from a negative storm truly provides light in our own thinking. I try not to be Pollyanna about everything. This isn’t a Jesus living truth. But, through faith, I can except the downs in life knowing that in my experiences, a positive result will occur through the tough times. Like you, I’ve put up boundaries to avoid negative people and talk. One day at a time! Great post!

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      AMEN! Thank you so very much for your input!
      I am so happy that you liked this post!


  2. inspirechief

    Your post is very informative. Life doesn’t stop because we choose to look at things positively. Negative things will still happen and you will have negative thoughts. We learn to handle the negative and not let it affect our lives. Positive affirmations are what I use. Thank you for sharing. Take care.


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