Mind over Madness–Focus on the Good

The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.

–Winston Churchill

Positive Thinking

Positive thinking is an overarching way of approaching life.  Even in crisis or trauma, we can flip our thoughts and our perspectives from the negative to the positive.  If you don’ t have work and are suddenly care-taking and attempting to meet needs and make ends meet, you can still see a positive light.  Many of us have embedded patterns of negativity; we often revert to fear, complaining, and focus on dire possibilities.  If we can stop ourselves and refocus on hope, thankfulness, and positive expectation, we can walk through difficult seasons well instead of feeling drug through them.  If there ever was a time to be intentional about making a change in the way we think, now is that time!  The tone of your thoughts can literally change outcomes for you.  Focusing on the positive and expecting good results translates into upbeat feelings, wires your brain to be motivated, and attracts others.  A shift in your perspective from the negative to the positive can be transformative, but it takes practice.  I’m noticing a theme with the mind over madness blog posts…keep at it; it takes time! We can do this.  As families of those with disabilities, we are often accustomed to facing the impossible.  As we are thrown yet another curve during a global pandemic, let’s lift our heads from seeing only the problems into seeing the good so that we can move forward well.

Try It

  • Start small:  At dinner allow each person to tell about their favorite part of the day.
  • Get bigger:  At dinner allow each person to add to tell about their least favorite part of the day.  Then encourage them to find a positive way to to look at their least favorite thing.  
  • End big:  Every time you wash your hands, repeat one thing that you are thankful for throughout the 20 seconds.  

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