A week ago on my way back from Jersey with my family, my cousin shared something that happened to him and it stayed with me. He was on the phone with his mom while driving and handed up on the street that his mom lives. He said his mind was on auto pilot the whole time he was driving because his mom’s house wasn’t his destination when he left his house. I told him isn’t it funny that we have the ability to program our mind to the point that it can be on auto pilot, why can’t you do the same with positive thinking? He replied “because negativity is like a black line on a white sheet, it stands out.” My reflection was so on a whole white sheet we allow ourselves to focus on a black line when we have the ability to focus on all the white parts.
Why are we willing to put up with negative emotions because people around us have convinced us it’s natural? And it’s not. Why do we expect the worst even when we want the best? Why are we addicted to pain and struggle? Despite the fact it doesn’t feel good we still do it. The same way we focus on things that train us into negative beliefs, we can focus on things that can train us into positive beliefs. Philippians 4:8 says “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” A belief is a thought we keep thinking so if we keep thinking on all the things that the verse says we can change our minds to a positive auto pilot. But it takes a dominant intention, time, willingness to change and a decision to be happy. We have the ability to control our emotions regardless of what is. Be selective and focus on the best part of what is.
We can start by commenting on things that we appreciate and sit on the impulse to criticize. We can choose to only amplify with words things that we want. We have the ability to effort ourselves into a better feeling place full of positive thinking. At any giving moment in time we have the ability to choose to feel a little better or a little worst. Choose to feel a little better until better is what feels natural. Life is supposed to be fun, no detail is too small for God to create the perfection of what we want. Our goals are just pretexts to allow ourselves to be pampered and spoiled by God who loves us.