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Sunday, July 10, 2011

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Overcome Being Negative

Question: (edited)

I am having problems with being negative all the time and judgmental. I used to be much more spiritual. I am in a job where my boss disrespects me and lies to me. I'm actively looking for another job, but I can't find any. I ask God what is my lesson here. I'm afraid and angry. I want to become more spiritual again. What can I do?

Answer:

Your circumstances are certainly challenging. Begin by accepting that you have been given a difficult lot.

We cannot choose our external circumstances,
but we can always choose how to respond to them.
- Epictetus

1. Make a gratitude list. For every complaint you have about your life, write down five things you have to be grateful for.

If you are having trouble filling a long list with gratitudes, you can use A List of Gratitudes for suggestions.

2. Being of service to others will help you regain your joy and your connection with Spirit. Consider that your co-workers are probably treated as badly as you, and are probably as frustrated, angry , and hopeless. Find ways to brighten their lives, and you will brighten your own.

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:

to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.

- Viktor E. Frankl

As we work to create light for others,
we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Check out the Being of Service to Others section of The Secret of Happiness for more ideas on service.

3. Spend time with positive and spiritual people. If you can't find a church group you feel comfortable with, look in your community, and among your positive and spiritually-minded friends.

4. Meditate or pray. See Have a Conversation with God, Today

Read How to Keep a Positive Attitude Around Negative People for more ideas.

You may also find value in these articles...

Regarding gratitude and life

Zero-Based Gratitude

Pay It Forward - as an Expression of Universal Gratitude

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Also, look u Joyce Meyer on you Tube she has alot of postive tings to say. Also her book on Living beyond your Feelings. and, her book Power thoughts are excellent boosters for inspiration and keeping getting you back to the person you want to be. They are sold at http://www. amazon.com. 1. Living Beyound your Feelings, by Joyce Meyer 2. Power Thoughts, by Joyce Meyer. . I will keep you in my prayers, having a negative work environment is hard, but the Lord can help you stay prayer ful okay.

Anonymous said...

It's really not difficult to stay positive, just think of people out there who are jobless or less fortunate than you. You are already blessed with a job & reflect - could I change to adapt instead of feeling frustrated ....

Eddie Black said...

other peoples fortune or misfortune has no bearing on a negative state of mind, i speak from experience and although the words are easy to say" its really not difficult to stay positive" i assure you from a disheartened and negative place that to lift your heart is a very tough challenge indeed positive/negative have equal forces and the area in between is a constant struggle to receive light over darkness. Bring on more quotes of daily inspiration as some days its just about enough to put on a smile

Anonymous said...

true enough living your life is difficult to understand. i found true love in a time too late to realize and enjoy. but whatever life throws at me, i am grateful. i pray that i might not seek to be loved as to love. thanks for your daily inspirational quotes to keep me bring the best in me despite the harshness and unfairness life.

Donna Rue said...

You are really as happy as you make up your mind to be!!

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