Stepping in the puddles

“It was one of those kind of days when an umbrella was a necessity. As I started to leave after visiting with my granddaughter and my three wonderful great granddaughters, four year old Madison says, “It’s raining, so remember, don’t step in the puddles.” “ “

All of us go through times when life is difficult and we really don’t like the circumstances we find ourselves having to endure - it’s RAINING! Have you ever stepped in a puddle - your shoes and socks get wet and your feet are suddenly heavier and you find getting around more difficult and frustrating. That’s what happens when it’s RAINING in our lives and we allow ourselves to harbor negative thinking - we STEP IN THE PUDDLES - and it gets more difficult to walk.” (from “Memos From Nanna” - A devotional book by Pat A. Bishop)

Often in the work place we find ourselves stepping in the puddles of: what other say, of how other people fail to do their part, of what customers say or do, of dealing with changes we don’t understand, of the attitudes of other people, and etc. Often we find ourselves in situations which are not to our liking. We get stressed; we worry; we get angry and upset. Negative thoughts rule our minds.

Researchers tell us that the easiest way to get rid of negative thinking is to replace those negative thoughts with positive affirmations/statements.

  • “Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” ― Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden

    I challenge you to start a handwritten journal and record your negative thoughts and negative statements - every day. Then take time to list beside each negative thought how thinking that thought made you feel. You’ll want to replace the negatives with more positive statements.

  • “That’s what one small negative thought can turn into: a huge, speeding ball of ugliness. On the contrary, a small positive thought can have the same effect blossoming into a beautiful outcome” ― Shoaib

Write down your positive affirmations. Put them on your desk at work; put them on the mirror in your bathroom; put them on the dash of your car. Read them over and over. Memorize them. Then, whenever a negative thought enters your mind, replace it with a positive one. Don’t let negative thoughts rule.

…Pat A. Bishop - People & Solutions. Inc.

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