~ Memory | Barbra Streisand ~
In my journey of peace, love and happiness through making incremental improvements in my life, my attention has been focused on negative thinking. Although I've made great strides in moving toward thinking more positively, the negative thinking sometimes takes over. This behavior is what I consider to be one of my biggest character flaws.
Do you pick out a single negative detail
and dwell on it exclusively so that your
vision of all reality becomes darkened?
It happens to me . . . and it is a total sapper of peace, even though I can remain happy. Everything in my life can be as perfect as it gets and one little thing that happens turns into "everything in my life is wrong" . . . the remnant of clinical depression and many disappointing years after becoming a widow.
In my really bad times that have thankfully passed, I actually expected negative things to happen, even when there wasn't an inkling of disappointment on the horizon. It is what I describe as the "doom and gloom mentality" where peace is impossible.
Just like anything else, realizing destructive behavior is the first step in making incremental improvements to conquer it. The second step is recognizing it in its beginnings, learning how to turn it around and revert the situation to a positive one.
When I look back at my days heavily influenced by that mentality of doom and gloom and think of how I react to situations now, it is almost the equivalent of the difference between day and night. Although it is easy for me to fall back into the trap, with every instance it becomes easier to turn my way of thinking around to one that brings me peace of mind, not doom and gloom.
Peace is a sunny reality
no matter what is going on in your life.