I have a hard time letting things go when they have impacted me emotionally. If what you said/did made me mad, hurt my feelings, etc., I have hard time just getting over that. One of the reasons is because of the way I process information, which is partially female and partially just crazy me. My brain replays the worst and the best of my recent (and long-term) experiences. So those hateful words replay over and over in my brain. On the flip side, a compliment, surprise or special gift can send me instantly into sky-high celebrations. As a teenager, that stuff lasted me weeks - especially if it was from a boy! But the negative seems to dominate my brain so much easier. Definitely not a healthy way to live. I'm needing some help pumping up the positivity!
Everyone has a hard time staying positive, I think. Everything from thinking the best of someone's intentions to sharing enthusiasm with someone's plans even if you don't care that much or didn't get to make decisions, positivity is needed to strengthen relationships. This week, I'm praying that with the onset of Spring, that joy can spread into ALL corners of our hearts helping us let go of hurts and dwelling on blessings to come.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.
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