I tend to ..(not so secretly).. be self-absorbed.
Today is Friday of Memorial Day Weekend.
When I hear the term “Memorial Day Weekend”,
My first thought is the sight, smell, and taste of food at a backyard BBQ.
Next I think of the fact that Summer is beginning,
and then about past or future camping trips to the mountains
or the beach and other vacations.
Later I think of putting flowers at the grave sites of departed family members,
and about the TV war movies my husband is going to have on for three days.
These mental pictures contain both positives and negatives.
They can lead me to the pleasant or to the unpleasant.
To feelings of Hope and Joy, or of Loss and Sadness.
I can’t keep my mind from touching on unpleasant past or future events,
but I do have the ability to consciously change my mental focus
by directing my mind toward the more pleasant memories or current events.
Just like with all worthwhile things, learning this skill takes consistent effort,
but when my Thoughts change….so do my Feelings…and my Behavior.
I find it impossible to directly change my feelings,
…and directly changing my behavior…without first changing my thoughts…
is equally impossible for me.
So, for me, all positive change in my life begins
with me working toward positive thoughts.
My number one positive Thought is this......
Even with all of my flaws,
I am an acceptable human being,
and it is Okay to be me.
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