When Negativity Creeps In

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“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23: 7 (KJV)

I am learning something about myself.

When I am down about something, or frozen as to what to do, and I stay there - I open myself up to a wealth of other negatives.

I seem to view the world through a "negativity" filter, if you will.  

Not only am I feeling down about my current situation, I'm finding that if I dwell on the difficulty, other doubts creep in.

I received an email from a professional group this morning - an email group that I need to unsubscribe from - and found myself thinking about all the years I "wasted" getting my degrees.

All of my spare time is spent painting anymore.  

I feel as if I have to make up for lost time.  Get all of the "art" out of me that I can.  I found myself wondering, what if I had been painting for all those years?  What if I had immersed myself in doing what I loved instead of pursing what I thought was going to be a profitable career?

What useless questions!

But it pointed out how other negatives creep in when I'm not looking.

I'm sure you've heard the cliche' about viewing the word through rose-colored glasses.  I'm seeing that I can also view the world through negatively-colored glasses.

As a newbie camera buff - with a new camera that has lenses and filters - this hit home.  I have a filter to take the glare out of sunlight in the pictures I take.  I have a filter that will allow me to take pictures through glass.  There is a filter that I have absolutely no idea what to do with!  I have lenses for telephoto, wide angle, and macro closeups.  I get to choose what lens and filter I want to use depending on what I want to  photograph.

I don't think it's much different with my attitude.  I can choose to stay looking through that negative filter (and that is SO easy to do!  It requires absolutely no work!), or I can choose not to let those negatives creep in.

So, for today, rather than dwell on those 14 difficult years of schooling and working and wearing myself out (which no doubt contributed to many of my challenges.  I was on such a hectic, type A schedule), I am choosing to look at the fact that God graciously pointed me back to my love of artwork and that I can enjoy painting now.

So much is about choice.

There are some things about our lives that we simply cannot change.  

Yet, we have complete freedom in how we choose to respond.  

God has give us free will to make those choices.  

As for me, I'm going to polish up those rose-colored glasses and go about today doing the best I can with what I've got with God beside me.

I don't think God asks for more.

Father God, Thank you so much for those glimmers of good that you place around us. Help us to be aware of what filter we are viewing our world through.  When we are trapped in the quagmire of negativity, help us to "change filters" and see the world as You intended.  Amen and amen.

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