Last week, our focus was on decreasing sadness and hurtful words. This week, we will tackle #Anger and #Pessimism ... thieves of #Joy!
Contrary to popular belief, anger is not a sin ... it’s a valid emotion. But left unattended, it can create bitterness, strife, discontentment, hate and so on ... the sin is in the action or reaction due to the anger you have neglected or become overly obsessed with. Try understanding your feelings ... anger is usually a general emotion that is connected to something deeper - loneliness, hopelessness, disappointment, etc. search for the #root! Your anger belongs to you! Only you can “fix” it. No one makes you angry ... you are conditioned to be or choose to be. Make a better choice! (Ephesians 4:26-27)
Pessimism is a lack of vision. A spiritual or emotional blind spot, if you will. In order to beat this, we must get out of our own way. When you hear yourself speaking “against” _________ (fill in the blank), search for the good. If you can’t find it, hush or ask others for positive input. When you feel yourself physically responding negatively towards __________ (fill in the blank), breathe until enough oxygen fills your body and brings you peace and clarity - also a good time to pray, “Lord, let me see/feel/hear the light/good/beauty in this situation. Fix my eyes & thought on your goodness, please.” It is a choice! Make a better choice! Choose to recondition your mind an body to be attentive to the light, beauty and wonderment all around you! Does this guarantee happiness in every moment? No! It does allow us to enjoy life, be hopeful in our journey and be grateful in the mist of storms. (James 1:2; 2 Peter 3:9)
So, FLEX THOSE MUSCLES! #Decrease anger & pessimism and #Increase #patience and #hope!! #ChooseJoy!
So, here we go!
#Week2 #Anger & #Pessimism