Hitting the reset button on self-talk Part 2

Written by on September 12, 2012

Last month, Tim and I stayed in a cabin on the beautiful McKenzie River for three days. What did I say not long after we got there? The staircase of this cabin is too steep. The only bathrooms are upstairs. And the gnats are dropping like, er, flies into the kitchen sink. And don’t get me started on the rooster who crows all day and all night. (One day, I’m going to feature him in a book, The Rooster Crows at Midnight.)

But, I prayed, and asked God and Tim to forgive me for my bad attitude. Remarkably, they extended grace right away. Easy dice. But what did I say to myself? Here I go again. Why did I choose a place that’s not perfect? How stupid. I’ll bet the TOTALLY RIGHTEOUS rooster on the IDEAL vacation of the PERFECT wife crows exactly TWICE at 6:28 am.

(More next week.)

When you’re discouraged with a situation, how do you prompt yourself to find the positives? When you find yourself speaking negatively to yourself, what’s the easiest way to turn your self-talk around?

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Comments
  1. Bonnie Keller   On   September 13, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Yes, I could crown myself when I think of things I don’t have or look at all the negatives of a situation.

    When I do this, I start to look at all the Blessings in my life.

    Look at what you do have and not what you don’t. You’ll find that what you do have, keeps growing!!

    Think of the endless posiblities of our positive attitudes!!

    Many Blessing to all, Bon

  2. Sylvia Rogers   On   September 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I think you are doing things just like the rest of us do. It is when we catch ourselves that we reboot to the right response. God is patient with us. As long as we are seeking Him, he is merciful and patient with us and we should also be with ourselves and others.

    • Lynn Hare   On   September 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      Sylvia, I love your word “reboot”! I agree: God’s merciful and patient with us, so we’re called to be the same for ourselves. Boot. Reboot. And repeat!

  3. Nancey West   On   September 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Negative self-talk has always been my first language. It took years to recognize what I was doing. Now, as soon as I say something negative I pretend that Jesus is sitting or standing next to me and that I am talking to Him.
    My self-talk enters into the realm of “What would Jesus think of that?” Of course, telling Jesus that I am worthless is not as easy as woefully whining it to myself.

    • Lynn Hare   On   September 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Nancey, thanks for your comment. I love “WWJT – What Would Jesus Think?” Yeah, practicing His presence seems to provide a truth-filter. When I’m speaking to myself negatively, I definitely need one of those!

  4. jane West   On   September 24, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Ha! Yes, I think many of us take the “blame” for things that are not really our faults. I’m usually the one trying to tell the complainer that it’s fine! Things could be worse! Look at the beauty, blah blah blah. Pollyanna.

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