Thankfulness Stops Negativity

It is difficult to keep our negative thoughts and feelings going when we approach things with a thankful heart. When we change our mindset to being thankful, our focus is on the positives and not on what is wrong in our lives.

Have you ever started your day focusing on all the things that are going wrong? Only to find that as you continue to focus on the negative that your day keeps getting worse. For example, the day starts with the car will not start, now the kids are going to be late for school, and I am behind. So, from there the day just keeps going downhill bringing your energy and mood down.

But if you approach the day with thankfulness even during problems your demeanor and day will change. Sure, the car will not start, and you may be running behind, but now you have time to step back, take a breath and refocus. Now you take the time to talk to God asking Him for guidance and patients. You realize that although your children may be late to school or may even have to miss a day your get extra time with them to enjoy. You may have to work from home or even miss a day, but now you have extra time to get projects done that you have had to put off.

Regardless of what negative things are happening we can choose to find things to be thankful for. Thus, changing our mindset and squashing our negativity. Our energy is replenished, and our outlook remains positive. When we approach life with thankfulness everyone including us will benefit. It allows us to keep moving forward, to tell a better story, and allows us to follow what God is guiding us to.

Published by Denise Rogers

I am a wife, mother, stepmother and grandmother who enjoys spending time with family and friends, crafting, gardening, and I am learning to live with being disabled. In 2017, after my 8th thoracic spinal surgery, I lost all feeling from the waist down as well as losing my proprioception on the right side. This has made it difficult to stand without assistive devices and made it, so I am having to relearn to walk. Plus, I have another uncommon condition called Chiari Malformation Type 1 which also creates balance issues as well as many other health issues. Because of the Chiari and the spinal cord injury, I have been left with severe nerve damage which causes a great deal of pain (5 and greater on pain scale) as well as spasticity, muscle spasms, and allodynia (burning) in various areas of my body. I have endured 8 surgeries on my Thoracic Spine and will probably need more as the drain that was placed will eventually clog and require replacement. Currently, I have a spinal to pleural cavity shunt, which drains the CSF from my arachnoid cysts into my pleural cavity. Professionally, I am a retired Health Care Professional with over 26 years of experience. I have worked in the Public Health realm as well as in Long Term Care and Acute Care. I have a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work. It is my hope that through sharing my personal trials, experiences, and triumphs that I can help others keep moving forward. No matter what life throws at us we can always tell a better story. I know that God is with me and because of this anything is possible. His promise to be by my side every step of the way helps me to keep pushing on even when there are setbacks.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: