This morning I walked to class in the rain yet again. I thought I’d be funny when I finally sat down in my seat, so I said, “Where’s the ark when you need it?”
Ha ha, go ahead and pretend to laugh. Or actually laugh if you thought it was funny, I did. I actually laugh at my own jokes a lot. Self-help, y’all!
I’m obviously sick of the rain, I’m sure everyone that now inhabits The Great Sea of the Midwest probably is too, but (here it comes: the deep philosophical jargon I always throw into these posts. Ready?) there’s absolutely nothing I can do about it! It’s kind of amazing how many people out there think they can; they sure do complain about it enough!
I know we all have a negative thought every once in a while (or maybe you’re a chronic pessimist, I don’t know your life), but there’s this thing that every human can do: shut your dang mouth if you don’t have something positive to say.
Listen, I know I can easily use this argument against myself (Why don’t you shut up, Lauren? No one cares about your blog post about the rain, just go ahead and backspace the heck out of here), but today I reached a point listening to a girl rant about something she had no control over that I thought, “DID YOU KNOW THAT GOOD THINGS EXIST IN THE WORLD? FOCUS ON THEM!!!”
You’re retorting back with, “That’s easier said than done,” right? Maybe? If you’re not, thanks. I appreciate your willingness to let me explain myself.
It’s so easy to find a fault in everything, I understand that. What I’ve come to realize is you have to make a legitimate effort sometimes to find the beauty in a situation. You have to literally catch yourself in the middle of a negative thought and say, “Stop that, self. That’s an unnecessary thing to think.” For example: Yeah, this rain is horrendous, but I have a really cute pair of rain boots that I’ve been able to wear every single day! Yippee!
If you can teach yourself to push those negative thoughts away with a better one to replace it, you’ll start to see the world in a new way. It takes effort, there’s no denying that. I slip up all the time; when I’m trying to justify skipping class, or I’m really irritated at someone (ie. the girl who is talking really loud next to me as I’m trying to type this), all I want to do is react the way my brain first tells me to. Get angry, let my heart beat faster, say irrational things that stem from my irrational emotion, etc. . .
But I legitimately hate feeling like that, and I especially hate it when I say something that I regret later. I don’t like being irritated, annoyed, or angry at people. It not only makes me feel like an awful person, but it affects everyone else involved in a negative way. It’s not worth it.
Romans 12:9 says, “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”
Cling to what is good. Cling. I love that word when thinking about this whole Change Your Mindset™ thing. When you find yourself in the midst of a degrading thought, do everything you can to grab hold of something that will lift your mind.
I know we all have curveballs thrown at us, and sometimes life seems unfair. It’s so easy to complain, but try to take the more challenging way out. Obviously you will slip up, we are only human after all, but simply noticing and making an effort is a step in the right direction.
By the way, did you know it’s actually quite fun to dance in the rain?