Generally speaking, I try to maintain an optimistic outlook on life. Dwelling on the negative has never served me well, and I truly believe a positive mindset has tremendous benefits for our overall health and well being.
That said, however, in times of great uncertainty, my mind tends to run away from me. In recent weeks I have found myself in just such a space. As circumstances change and routines evolve, I am greeted both by delicious possibility and terrifying ambiguity. As a result, I am overthinking every option, greeting suggestions and opportunities with great suspicion, and wasting time trying to plot, "If x, then y" charts for even the smallest decisions.
After a string of nights in which sleep was interrupted by troubling dreams and days in which those dark clouds followed me, I began to pray and journal about what I was experiencing. As my pen moved across the page, this verse from Philippians came to mind. It spoke so directly to what I was thinking and feeling that I wrote it on a notecard, taped it to my mirror, and have been repeating it to myself every time a negative thought arises.
There will always be disappointments and disasters along our path, but no manner of brooding will banish them, and it is so much more affirming to focus on the truth and joy in our lives. This little reminder to elevate my focus is helping me think more clearly, and my outlook is improving daily.
When you find yourself locked in a mental struggle, can you shift your focus to the truth and beauty that surrounds you?