How to Stay Positive, Even When You Don’t Feel Like it

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What do you find it easier to do: Count your blessings; or count your failures? Count the things that you have done, or count the things you haven’t?

I know which one is easier for me.

I guess I’m good at complaining. My husband tells me, in his American accent, that it’s a British thing.

Maybe it is, I’m not sure though.

All I know, is that I find it easy to complain. Whether it’s about the weather, work, or where I’m living: I find it much easier to notice what has gone wrong than what has gone right.

I can try and excuse my saying that actually a lot has gone wrong recently (and in a lot of ways it has!) But all this negativity doesn’t only make me miserable, it makes everyone around me miserable to, because before I know it I’m bending their ears with my complaints.

But it doesn’t have to be like this, I don’t have to be negative, I can change my perspective.

As the words of the childrens’ song say,

Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

When we remember our blessings, it’s like collecting little gems. The beautiful stones remind us of the good things that God has done for us.

When I start counting my blessings it’s hard. But the more I try the easier it becomes. And I’m surprised to find the words of that song are actually true. That I am surprised by all that God has done.

Yes it may sound cheesy, it may sound like the Sunday School answer, but it works.

And the great thing about it: when I remember all that God has done for me I am filled with joy that overflows, I am no longer bitter and I am able to praise God freely.

 

 

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12 thoughts on “How to Stay Positive, Even When You Don’t Feel Like it

  1. I have a hard time with this too. Over the last few months I have tried to keep a gratitude log in order to change my attitude from complaining to thanksgiving, but I have yet to finish a whole month. On the days I do fill it out, I do feel more grateful and full of joy.

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  2. Good word. Thank you. Cultivating a heart of gratitude is challenging at times. I like how you beautifully emphasized the importance of being thankful. Amazing how quickly our focus shifts from what’s wrong to what’s right.

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  3. I’m the same as you. As much as I would love to say I am a “half glass full” type of gal, I’m really not. It absolutely is so much easier to complain and to FIND things to complain about. I love this call to action today: to be intentional about counting blessings and putting complaining out of our day!

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  4. I definitely have a leaning towards complaining. But frequently, what stops me is remembering about Moses and his grumbling people. They’re not grumbling about him, but rather about God. Makes me want to be more careful, and instead try to praise Him for whatever purpose He’s working out in the midst of my mess.

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