This is going to be a very honest post. It’s been amazing going on this 21 Day Positivity Challenge, and I’m so happy to see so many of you choosing positivity in your life! I have learned that positivity is essential to not only happiness, but survival. A negative outlook isn’t sustainable living. It can cause stress, anger, and even health problems! But that’s not what I what to talk about today; I wanted to talk about positive thinking and how it affects our lives. Have you ever heard the phrase, you are what you think. The bible says it this way, “for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” -Prov 23:7. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I wanted to put it to the test. Are we really defined by what we think?
To uncover this mystery, I looked back into my past. When I was younger, I was a shy girl with a free spirit, I loved running around barefoot and going on mini adventures with friends. School was a little hard though. I was very misunderstood. I lived in Miami at the time, I remember, kids used to treat me like I was invisible, and so I began to believe that I was invisible. I remember one time someone even sat on me (you can laugh lol). After that time in school many other things took place in my life that changed my thinking, like depression and a death in the family. I dealt with rejection and low self esteem as a result. Honestly in my mind, I saw myself as a loser, a failure, worthless, and that’s exactly what I became. Everything I did failed, I had no self respect or self love. I thought I’d be stuck, depressed and stuck in the past forever.
I became the person I saw in my mind. So it’s true, you are what you think! The really trippy thing is, other people treated me this way too! I noticed that people would reject me or act like I wasn’t there. Let me tell you a little story. One night I was on my way home carpooling with a few people. I was sitting in the back seat of the car talking to the people next to me. When we stopped at my house, one of the people sitting in the front turned around and said “oh, I didn’t even know you were in the car.” Let me explain further, we all walked to the car together, we were all talking, there is no way he couldn’t have seen me! At first I just shook it off, but when I got inside, I broke down. If it was anyone else who didn’t suffer from rejection, it wouldn’t have been a big deal, but the person struck a nerve deep inside me. It gave evidence to the way I saw myself all along. Invisible.
This may sound outlandish, but could it be that he couldn’t see me because I didn’t want to be seen? Can the human mind be so powerful that it gives off an essence that others are sensitive to? I believe so, because I’ve had many other experiences like this. I fail because I believe I’m a failure, I lose because I believe I’m a loser, I’m overlooked because I believe I’m invisible. Not only did I believe it, but I’d say it out loud.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
But thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way! I’m learning this as we speak. Just as the bible says “for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he;” it also tells us what God thinks about us. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
How amazing a God that looks past all of our shortcomings and sees us as perfect beings. Other people will judge us, put us down, and hate on us, but God will do the very opposite. He lifts us up, loves us, and forgives us of every wrongdoing.
I’ve often looked at myself as a dead flower. But God sees me as a violet flower, grown in the darkness and brought to the light, grown into perfection. As I go on in my life, I learn to see myself as God sees me, and each day my thinking changes, it becomes more positive and joyful. My mind thinks of beautiful things instead of ugly, happy things instead of sad, my mind transforms and so my life transforms.
You may be thinking, I know I need to think positivity but how in the world do I do that? All it takes is training! Just like you would train for a marathon, you train your mind and build up your ability to be positive. Do daily exercises to get to a positive state. I encourage you to join the 21 Day Positivity Challenge, it has daily tasks that will help you become more and more positive each day. I am learning so much on my challenge! Join me if you want to chase after a life of joy and positivity, I challenge you!
How does your thinking shape your life? Comment below!
I hope you were inspired by this post. You are what you think, and I think you’re swell! I wish you every happiness!