Saturday, November 20, 2010

When negativity rules

This week has been a real bugger. Negativity has ruled in all things, the kiddo's at school were berserk, the house is a wreck, and my life is spinning out of control. What happened? Last week was full of sunshine, daisies, and progress.

This morning, I took a cup of coffee to the back porch and watched the dog chase a few rabbits. My mind purposefully traced back over all the things I'm grateful for. Kate and Al are making great grades, we saw the Harry Potter premier, and the project I've been working on for the past six weeks is almost complete. I have a lot to be grateful for, so why was last week such a disaster?

As I watched Lucy stalk a bird and then bark at it when it flew away, I realized that she just accepts the situation for what it is. She was happy to stalk the bird, and then she was happy to bark at it when it escaped. Her attitude never waivers; she accepts the changes for what they are ... change. Sometimes I wish I was a dog. Free will can be a bitch.

It then it hit me, I didn't have a bad week last week because everything around me was negative. I had a bad week last week because I allowed that negativity to affect my perception, my thoughts. I focused on it,  I spoke negative words, I allowed my surroundings to affect my thinking, and then it really did become reality.

It's rare I forget the power of positive thought. It would be interesting to see what would happen if I could do this past week over. If everything stayed the same, except my attitude. If I had not allowed negative people to get under my skin. Sure, it's a lot harder to do that when everyone seems to be having a bad week, but that doesn't mean I should have one too.

I think next time I'll remember the wise words of Edna.... "you can't choose how the world treats you, Sunny, but you can choose how to react to it."

So now I want to know. Is it just me, or was you week a little darker too? And if so, how did you react to it?