Monday, February 8, 2016

Thou Shalt Not Wallow

There was a swamp at the end of the street where I grew up. Beyond the swamp was a highway with a bridge that went over railroad tracks. Beyond the bridge were woods and a Naval Air Station. Those places were a playground of sorts for me and my friends.

The water in the swamp was nasty and the mud beneath it was really disgusting. When traversing the swamp, we did our best to avoid getting wet by jumping from one dry spot to the next.

Negative thinking can be like a swamp. Unfortunately, it’s easy to wade into it and to get stuck in it. Some of the sad things in life – the end of a relationship, loss of a loved one, or health problems – can take a while to get over. On the other hand, some things can throw us off balance for much longer than necessary if we allow them to.

It’s important to recognize when we’re up to our necks in the muck of negativity. It’s also good to have some way to extract ourselves from that. Taking a walk, watching or reading something funny or inspirational, or drinking a cup of tea can do the trick.

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Do you have a tendency to wallow in negative thinking more than you should? Have you found an effective way to shake yourself free from negative thinking? Please leave a comment.

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