Have you ever noticed how we can hear one negative comment and a hundred positive comments and we choose to dwell on the negative? Or, have you ever been having a wonderful day, then one bad thing happens and it seems to cancel out all the good that already happened? It can even be a relatively minor “bad” thing but it causes us to say we are having a “bad day.” It just seems that often we let a little negative cancel out a lot of positive.
I freely admit that I am one of the worst offenders. Hard as I try, sometimes it just seems like I let negative comments or events overshadow the positive. I find this to be especially true when I am sick, tired or overly stressed. It seems that negativity uses weakened defenses as opportunity to take over.
I was considering this when the Savior’s words “Be of good cheer” came to mind. Our Heavenly Father and our Savior love us all so very much. They want us to be happy, to be of good cheer and with their help we can be. If we stay close to them, follow their teachings and ask for their help, we can lessen the importance of the negative in our life. We can be more positive.
I am going to try harder to stay close to my Heavenly Father and my Savior, to focus more on the positive in my life and less on the negative. As I do, I am going to try and remember that others are struggling too. I will try to be more kind, more compassionate and more positive to everyone I meet. I will try to be a part of making their lives more positive too….