Respond to Negative Emotions with a Choice // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

Every human being experiences negative emotions.  That’s a part of what it means to be a person.  We can’t help it.  Bad feelings come to all of us.

We DO have a choice, however, in what we do with them when they come.

 Some suppose that every negative emotion requires a negative reaction – but that is not the case.  Through prayer, attitude adjustment, and self discipline, we can respond positively to negative feelings.

 If you don’t decide, you’ll merely react – and the decision needs to come before you’re in a funk.  One helpful practice I’ve used for many years is spiritual breathing.  I imagine exhaling the negative stuff, and then inhale deeply with a positive replacement.  It helps.

 Today, I challenge you to choose responding rather than reacting:

 When you’re frustrated with someone – choose kindness.

 When you’re in a hurry – choose patience.

 When you’re stressed out – choose peace.

 When you’re angry – choose calmness.

 When you’re frightened – choose courage.

 When you’re anxious – choose faith.

 When you’re discouraged – choose hope.

 When you’re upset – choose serenity.

 When you’re conflicted – choose harmony.

 When you’re pressured – choose tranquility.

 When you’re offended – choose forgiveness.

 When you’re deprived — choose gratitude.

 When you’re confused – choose prayer.

 When you’re overwhelmed – choose simplicity.

 When you’re sad – choose joy.

 When you’re in despair – choose life.

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