positive & negative

Yesterday I caught myself in the middle of a strand of negative thoughts. It made me realize that I was slipping into negative thinking and focusing on all the things that aren’t quite right instead of all the things that are. I also realized that those negative thoughts, and me often not realizing that I’m indulging in them, is usually the cause for a funky mood or being irritated with Seth. It’s an easy thing, to fall into negative thinking.

I didn’t get this and that done. Completing this task is taking forever. I don’t have enough money. Why can’t I just be at that point in my life already? I have so much to do. Traffic is killing me. I’m so tired.

And then you just feel like crap. I really don’t think having a negative mindset has a beneficial outcome. When I say positive things and think about how lucky I am to be living the life I am, I feel so much better and realize that 1) things aren’t that bad, at all. They’re quite wonderful actually. And, 2) all of the things I typically find myself complaining about or having negative thoughts about, really don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. I’m not doing to die because I didn’t get my room cleaned, don’t have a lot of money, or am stuck in traffic.

In fact, the time I spend not doing the things I want to get done is usually being spent with Seth and Bailey, being at yoga, or hanging out at my parents’. But that’s not a bad thing at all. Those are my favorite things and my favorite people so if the time is being spent with them, then who cares if we didn’t go grocery shopping. They are what really matter.

So here’s to positive thinking. It’s tough to be positive all the time, but at least we can attempt to be aware of our thoughts and when a negative thought does arise, we don’t have to let it define us or affect our mood. We can let it come and go and adjust our mindset accordingly.