By Ettie Rutherford
Today, more than ever, there is constant talk of the negative situations that permeate almost all aspects of people’s lives throughout the globe.
There are ongoing concerns about health issues and health services, education, inflation, unemployment, housing, single-parenthood, mental illnesses, gun violence (especially among the very young), as well as the negative effects of the Internet on the lives of our youth. And we cannot forget the situation in Ukraine, and the list goes on….
Consequently, if we are not careful, we could find ourselves falling into a continuous rhythm of negative thoughts, on a daily basis. That, of course, would automatically make life even more foreboding. The focus then should be on positive self-talk, based on daily practices of gratitude and love.
So, how can we move forward and ensure that the world’s negativity does not drive us crazy?
It would go a far way if we made a conscious effort to convince ourselves of the following:
> It is my responsibility to take ownership and control of my thoughts;
> One hundred percent of my destiny is in my hands;
> It is up to me to decide how much I should allow detours to affect my thinking;
> I must utilize positive opportunities and resources;
> I will strive to focus on the positives in the lives of myself and my family;
> I will plan for the days ahead in order to affect positive opportunities in my life;
> I must count my blessings in order to understand that I am much more fortunate than people in other parts of the world; and
> I will spend more time focusing on God’s promises.
> And never forget God’s love and Its ability to give us strength and endurance.
Award-winning Ettie Rutherford, B.Ed, Dip.Ed, M.Ed, is an educator, life coach, consultant and author of “Why Perch Like A Chick When You Can Soar Like An Eagle?”. An accomplished public speaker, Ettie is the Founder and CEO of Women Are Worthy, which provides step-by-step strategies for women to achieve their goals, with a minimum amount of stress. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org