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Sunday, February 17, 2013

I love this time of year and what Lent represents (at least to me). For years, it has always been a time of year where I gave up something - chocolate, coffee, meat, ice cream, men! The experience has always been good for me. When I taught Sunday School, I would ask the kiddos to think about Lent as a time they should do something positive. Clean the kitchen, make their bed, clean their room without their parents asking them to do it.

A couple of years ago, something in my brain triggered me to think of this as a time to move to the positive, like I had done with my Sunday School class. So that year I started every day as I drove to work telling myself that I loved my job and it was going to be a great day. My attitude had been really rough about my job. I wasn't happy and I was perpetuating that negativity with my self talk every single day. It worked. Now I won't say I started loving my job but I was in a much better place and it has helped ever since.

You can choose to be happy or you can choose not to be happy.

I choose to be happy.

A few weeks ago I read a blog about ways to improve your mood and it reminded me of this. So I put the highlights of that article on my calendar so I can look at it throughout this season. The three that stick with me the most are to start each day with a positive affirmation, wish others well on your commute and end the day with a grateful thought.

So that is what I am working on this Lenten season. Starting each day with a positive thought - working on ridding myself of the negative self talk; then wishing others well as a commute (which is probably the easiest of the three since my commute is all of 10 minutes on a bad day); finally ending the day with a grateful thought - this is harder for me as I tend to have a tougher time in the evenings with where I am....
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    What you said about positive affirmations reminds me of something I recently started doing. I know it sounds silly but, I used to be quite superstitious, and heard that when the clock strikes a time with all digits being the same such as 11:11 or 3:33 a person can touch something red and make a wish and it will come true. I used to do it too, but recently I decided to turn wishing into being thankful for what I already have. Now when the clock strikes 3:33, I give thanks for as many things I can think of in that minute and ask for strength and guidance for the future.
    1816 days ago
  • SANDI521
    Great positive way to view lent and life. Thanks for the inspiration. emoticon
    1826 days ago
    Sounds like a great way to celebrate Lent. Sometimes just having someone smile at me in the mornings when I am running errands or getting breakfast is a treat and puts me in a good mood. I can see that as a positive way to start a day so maybe I should be the one to give someone else a smile? emoticon
    1830 days ago
    I love this idea. Way to go in trying to change for the positive. We can chose to be unhappy or we can chose to be happy, I know the one I'd rather pick.
    1830 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    What a great idea.
    1831 days ago
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