two negatives make a positive

Hey, guys. I know I haven't been on here in a long time. Life's been absolutely crazy. It's like every time I stop doing something, my brain's just racing with - okay, so what are you supposed to be doing? It always seems like I finish one thing, and then I'm off to the next thing. Sometimes the speed of life almost seems suffocating.

And in the midst of everything that I have to get done, I find myself feeling like I have time for nothing. And suddenly everything in my life isn't what it used to be - you know, reading, writing stories, blogging. Also, part of the reason I haven't blogged lately, is that I feel I have nothing to say. And I hate writing when I know that I have nothing that I'm actually trying to say. But, I guess, now I do.

I'm going to switch a little bit from everything that's going on in my life and discuss something that's kind of personal to me. I find in my life that I'm really swayed by everything out there. Not just the movies and the books and websites and whatever, but by the people that I find in my life all the time. I see these people, every day, and after awhile, they start to rub off on me. I've always kind of noticed that if I spend a lot of time around a person, I start talking like them. But what about when my attitude becomes like them?


We live in a rather negative society. We complain about school, about our lots in life, about our family, about our friends, and, let's be honest, about the kind of cereal we eat in the morning and how we don't have enough clothes. To keep it simple, we complain about just about everything. We're always looking to blame somebody for anything that happens to us.

I started realizing in my own life just how much all of this negative behavior was affecting my life, and I didn't like it. This wasn't how I wanted to be. This wasn't caring for people, doing something to brighten their day. Instead, I was taking away the light from other peoples' day. And I wanted to stop it.

The reality is, we all have sin natures. We can't totally take all things negative out of our lives. But we can work our hardest to have positive attitudes, no matter what.

So how did I decide to just magically become positive? Well, I didn't magically decide to do so. It first starts with a conscious effort. When you start to think of something that's complaining, you just have to bite your tongue. If somebody says something negative, instead of joining in the negativity by agreeing, you can come back with some positive. And I've always found that one of the best ways to stay positive is.... dun dun dun! Compliment somebody. You like their shirt? Let them know. They look nice today? Say so. You have no idea how much just simply complimenting somebody makes their day. I know it makes mine every time. And you'll be surprised about how much more positive you yourself feel when you give positivity to others.

But other than combating negativity, making a conscious effort, and complimenting people, even just smiling at others can make their - and your - day more positive. And if somebody looks bothered, ask them how their doing. By caring for others and focusing on helping them, you'll find that both of your days are more positive.

Okay, so, two negatives don't really seem to make a positive in the real world - not that math isn't a in the real world, just... never mind... - but two positives definitely does.

So when you feel that complaint ready to roll off your tongue, or chime in with agreement at someone's griping, stop yourself and instead say, "I'm glad there's science, because we can use it to understand the world." (Or...you know, something positive - and relevant - about whatever negative thing they were talking about.)

And trust me, it's not easy. I'm definitely not positive all the time. But I want to try and be more positive. It makes a difference, and people will be able to tell that there's something different about you. I want to glorify God and care for other people. And having a positive attitude helps me to do that.

God bless!

Be positive,
Anna

P.S. What's something positive about your day?

14 comments:

  1. Gosh, positivity is SO hard. I've been really working on it as well, though, and this is such a great post. I love complimenting people- compliments really just make someone's day. I know that they always give me a little pick-me-up, so why not give that to others? Thanks for this reminder, Anna. :) And hmm, something positive about today. Well, I've gotten to stay home and get caught up on some stuff, so that's been nice! What's something positive about YOUR day? :)

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    1. That does sound nice!!! :) Hmm... something positive about my day... definitely my family. They always let me talk things out with them, and they always listen to my crazy storytelling. :)

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  2. hey anna :) I really loved this post, because it's something that i've been pondering a lot lately too. the people in one of my classes are really, well, sort of like negative. quite so...and sometimes i just sit there listening to them and going "wow. these people. wow." i just really really relate to this post. <3

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    1. I've also had a lot of negative people in my life. And honestly, it bothers me a ton. I just love it that God gives us the greatest hope that there is and the greatest thing to be positive about! :)

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  3. Hey you wonderful girl! It's funny to me to look back on those couple of years I spent on Blogger, making brief friends like you - you'll still be my favorite blogger and memory :)

    I know what you mean - about all of it. I'm in college now! Isn't that crazy? And yes, we are surrounded by negativity and it's work to be positive. I relate to the crazy busy feeling as well - nothing's ever finished.

    But you can do it, you lovely person! I just want to tell you that you made my world better then and I appreciate you and your beautiful thoughts!
    Christina

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    1. Oh my goodness, thanks so much, Christina!!! :) I always think of you as one of my greatest blogger friends :)

      Wow, awesome! How's college going for you? :) What's your major? :)

      Thank you so much!! You're an amazing person, and God has blessed you with many talents. :)

      Have a great day! :)
      Anna :)

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    2. Hello!! I suddenly thought to check back on this post and I'm so glad I did :)

      Aww, thanks! It's going super well - I've grown so much as a person and a Christian and it's so beautiful :)
      I'm majoring in music with the track that will lead me to teaching piano lessons - it's so great!

      Hope you're very well! Love you!

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    3. That's so awesome! :) God bless you on your journeys! :)

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  4. amen sister!! today was great because wooooo we had a beautiful church wedding with two dear people <3
    positivity cannot be stressed enough because we never do it often enough hehe xx

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  5. Good post, Anna! And it's great to hear from you again. Today's positive thing for me is having spring baby bunnies born on our farm! So sweet! :)

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    1. Thanks! :) Aww, that's adorable :) #ilovebunnies :)

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