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Friday, September 21, 2012

Positive Self Talk

I lay awake this morning thinking about the day.  Like so many days lately I have a lot of things I’d like to do, and a lot of things I’m obligated to do.  I sighed and started in with the postitive self talk.  It has taken years to train the positive self talk into my mind.  It wasn’t something that came naturally.  How could it when advertising is more than ready to tell you you’re not good enough as is and you’re constantly trying to live up to someone else’s benchmarks?  I have, however, for the most part succeeded in maintaining a constant flow of positive self talk… Yep, that look of pleasant idiocy as I stare off into space is just me listening to my own pep talk.

I recommend cultivating the habit of positive self talk.  Here’s why… Guess who I have to spend ALL DAY with?  Yep.  It’s me.  And seriously I don’t want to spend all day with a complainer.  You know the type.  You don’t need an invitation to their pity party because they’ll just bring it with them wherever they go. And could you imagine being stuck in a room for hours with a worry-wart?  They’re worrying about things that haven’t even happened yet (might I add, that they’re usually not taking action to make sure their worries don’t come to pass because they’re so busy standing on the sidelines wringing their hands).  What about Missy Negative.  Isn’t she the first to point out my blemishes and faults?  Would I want to spend all day with her?  Nah.  Best to cultivate the habit of positive self talk so I can spend the day with someone I actually enjoy being around.

So after reviewing my day this morning I determinedly stated “You can do it.”  But I can’t.  I mean who am I kidding?  Have you seen my house after running all week?  No way can I accomplish the impossible tasks others are requiring from me.  I can’t do it.  The real answer is I can’t do it by myself.  But the positive self talk sets in and I review my day again, realizing it is full of righteous desires and goals.  Heavenly Father will help me.  We can do it.  Boy, oh, boy does that infuse some power into your day.  I mean, you can go at it alone… or you can accept help.  The longer I know my Heavenly Father the more I see that he respects my agency.  He’ll let me kick against the bricks as long as I want to.  He’ll wait and wait until I come crawling to him, shins and feet sore from brick kicking.  All I have to do is ask for help with the brick wall.  If he doesn’t knock it down he helps me over or around it.

I know I’m bumping around a lot here this morning but I have places to be so my mind is a little divided.  This morning in my scriptures I read:

"...because the death of Christ bringeth to pass the resurrection, which bringeth to pass a redemption from an endless sleep, from which sleep all men shall be awakened by the power of God when the trump shall sound; and they shall come forth, both small and great, and all shall stand before his bar, being redeemed and loosed from this eternal bandof death, which death is a temporal death.
 14 And then cometh the judgment of the Holy One upon them; and then cometh the time that he that is filthy shall be filthy still; and he that is righteous shall be righteous still; he that is happy shall be happy still; and he that is unhappy shall be unhappy still." (Mormon Chapter 9)

I had to read it twice.  Looks like happy is a skill we learn here, and we take that skill with us to the eternities.  Yep, better master that positive self talk.