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Moving Away From Grouchy

I noticed that I’m becoming more negative and grouchy.  I think a large part of that may be too much media exposure!  TV, radio, social media, newspapers, internet, etc., etc., etc.  😦

Almost constant bombardment from every direction to all the terror, problems, and negative side of life adds up to really drain a body.  It becomes easy to form opinions, jump on or off the bandwagon, start discussing with everyone you meet what the latest gut-wrenching and horrifying news-breaking issue is, and get caught up in the downward spiral of negativity, hopelessness, anger, fear, and even apathy as you reach overload and must disengage somehow.

I started losing sight of what I love to advocate for most – that there are innumerable good and positive things all around us!  We just have to take a moment to pause, look around with a new set of eyes, and see the many ways people reach out to help others, the great innovations and ideas that improve life, the inspiring and uplifting moments in life that help us to become grounded and fill our depleting spiritual, mental, and emotional reservoirs.

So I am moving away from grouchy by changing my focus.  And by remembering that which is of most worth to me in my life: that God lives and, as we are reminded by that beautiful carol every Christmas season, “God is not dead nor doth He sleep!”  We have someone we can turn to for help and guidance and who will never leave us alone.  🙂

Running the Wrong Way

Suppose you are running a race.  You are doing your very best, running as fast as you can.  

Suddenly, there’s a problem.  :0

You discover that you are running the wrong way!  What do you do?

Would you keep right on going?

No, you are going the wrong way.  If you kept going you wouldn’t get where you want to go, and you wouldn’t win.

So you’d stop what you’re doing, and go the correct way.  And, you would do so quickly!

The same principle applies when you “discover” that you did something wrong.

If you keep on going, you’re not going to get where you really want to go.

But, you may think, it’s too embarrassing to correct.  Or you don’t want to correct because you deserve it, or because no one will know anyway, or because you just don’t want to or it’s just too hard.

But if you really think about it, do any of those excuses really make any sense?  And while it may seem easier to just let it be and keep going as you were, in reality you know that that plan of action really isn’t any good.

Course corrections, otherwise known as repentance or change, are a necessary part of life.  No one makes no mistakes.  So we all have to change, to repent.  Here are the steps of repentance:

  1. Recognize that you did something wrong
  2. Feel sorry for what you did
  3. Admit what you did and ask forgiveness from the person you wronged
  4. Right the wrong, do what you can to make up for it
  5. Learn from the mistake and never do it again

Think of a time when you repented, corrected something you did wrong.  Yes it is hard to repent.  But, how did you feel when you repented?  You felt good inside, like a burden was lifted off your shoulders.  And you were able to move on with your life.  You were a stronger, better, and much happier person for it!

Resolve today that you will change the things in your life that need to be corrected.  And not to stew over them debating whether or not to repent or when.  Just like realizing you’re running the wrong way, quickly repent and get moving in the right direction.  You’ll lose less time, be less stressed, and feel much happier.