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Negative to Positive

July 10, 2015

My father taught me that things are not always what they seem. He said that just because it seems like someone has a good relationship, or a good marriage, or they have money and material things, does not necessarily mean that all is right in their world. He further explained that you don’t know what they did to get there in that relationship, or what they sacrificed to attain what they have.

My mother then elaborated on his realm of thought, by telling me that when troubles come out of nowhere descending down upon you like a ravenous hawk, that is when we must count it all joy that a negative comes only to give way to a positive. When people fear the thing that they don’t want to see happen, their thoughts and words have power. We need to be careful what we think and speak, least we speak the thing we fear into existence.

If the same can be done with negative fear, then why can’t we do the same with the power of positive visualization? Well, we can. We just have to make up our minds to do this and refuse to be knocked off of our square when negative words or thoughts try to penetrate us. Some will say, “That is easier said than done.” I get that statement, but I also beg to differ with that statement. The difference is within our will to build our faith with positive methods that transition our thought process. One positive method is to guard our eyes and ears from what we watch and what we listen to.

I told a friend of mine that was being plagued by negative comments from folk calling him all the time with gloom and doom, “Why would you want to keep hearing from someone who keeps telling you negative things?” Sometimes, we make things so hard when they are so simple. Simply don’t take their calls or at best tell them you don’t want to hear it anymore… and keep it moving. We must also stop retelling stories to people about negative outcomes we have had. Jesus taught that when a bad thing happens to you or you are facing a challenge, stop repeating it, stop talking about it, period. For when we keep doing this, we are reliving the negative experience over and over again giving even more power to a negative result.

Interesting, right? But it makes so much sense! Sometimes, when a negative thing you fear keeps coming back to haunt you, maybe what you really need to do is turn it into a positive. In other words, maybe this negative thing has come up for you to finally deal with it once and for all . . . giving rise to the positive result of never showing up in your life again.

Sonya Marie Bowman is a writer of positive prose for The Milwaukee Community Journal and a published co-author of the book No Artificial Ingredients – Reflections Unplugged. She is a member of Sister Speak, a trilogy of writers who formed in 2010 with a vision of self-expression and a goal of healing. The trio states they are inspired by grace, allowing them to take a genuine position on the struggles and successes of everyday living.

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