Saturday, April 20, 2013

Positive Thinking Chases Away Worry

Sometimes I sit alone, worrying about my life. Maybe I’m not the best I can be. Am I reaching my potential? 
 I push the thoughts away and go on with my busy schedule. I arrange a bouquet of flowers from the garden for a sick friend, make a potato casserole for a funeral, volunteer at the school, or weed the garden. But all the time I’m thinking that I can’t succeed and I’m not making a difference anywhere.
During these times, I ask God for help. I sit in the sunny garden and reflect on carefree days—like exploring the sea shore with my mother.

My mood lightens a little. I focus on doing for others, like I did before; but this time I tell myself I am making a difference in people’s lives—in my life. I still do small things, like saying ‘hi’ to a neighbor or answering an email from a friend. Maybe I make a new face book friend or call my daughter. I review the scripture I read that morning. Because I’m focusing on the positive, I feel more alive—lighter.
I remember a quote I like by Eleanor Roosevelt.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Then I realize I’m the one who has been making myself feel inferior.
I begin some of my favorite gratitude mantras. I have a lot of blessings! Soon I spill over with thankfulness, and I let it engulf me.
What have I done to help myself feel better? I’ve connected with my world, my friends, my family the way I always do. But I’m kind to myself. I give myself a break. Why can’t I remember not to worry about not measuring up? I don’t know. Then I think about Corrie ten Boom.
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.

And I remember to be strong just for today.


  1. Wow, what a powerful post dear friend. I too have these kind of days; but I love how you handled it. I am afraid I let it engulf me for a while.
    Just know that you have had a wonderful affect upon my life and I am happy that we are friends. You are such a awesome woman and have so many talents to share. I know you have had a deep impact on many.
    Thanks for being my friend and blessings loe and hugs.

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  3. Beautiful insight, thank you Aunt Chris I needed that today.