For one day, let’s change the conversation.
There’s a lot of negative talk going around right now. It’s on the news. It’s on social media. It crops up in our day-to-day conversations. It’s easy to point out what everybody else is saying.
But today, on day six, I want us to look at the negative words that fall out of our mouths, even over the smallest things.
Not too long ago I went to lunch with friends. We stood near a couple and I couldn’t help but overhear their conversation. There was a wait for a table and he was frustrated. She said something positive about the restaurant. Bam. He replied with a negative. She talked about how nice it was to be out on a pretty day. Bam. He replied with a negative.
Pretty soon, she stopped talking.
As I watched this couple, I didn’t think this was a bad guy. I believe he had fallen into the trap of negativity and had no idea the damage it was doing.
It made me wonder.
How often do I do this without knowing it?
So, how do we change the conversation?
- Listen to ourselves
It might be a habit. Maybe it feels normal. Regardless of why we do it, it’s worth listening to ourselves.
- Is negativity my go-to?
- How could I have said it differently?
- Who gets the brunt of my negativity?
He who guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from distress. Proverbs 21:23 (Berea Study Bible)
- Start the day with a thankful heart
As you start your day, think of one thing for which you are thankful. Say your thankful thought out loud. I know that sounds “fluffy,” but there’s power in noticing the good.
Lord, I have a crazy busy day ahead of me, but I just want to say thank you for this warm bed. For that sweet kiss my little one just gave me. For the food in my refrigerator. Thank you for my health, for that breath I just took.
When we begin our day with a thankful heart, negativity takes its rightful place from the beginning. [Read more…]