Day 43: Transform Your Mind: I've learned that keeping a positive attitude helps reduce stress. But, in today's world there are certain attitudes that make it difficult to keep that positive attitude within us. So, what can help us maintain the positive once we've attained it? The perfect scripture came to mind found at Romans chapter 12 verse 2. It says: "And quit being fashioned after this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over, that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God".
One of those harmful attitudes from the world is pride. It's the wrong kind of pride that is harmful as found at James 4:16 " All such taking of pride is wicked". Another, harmful attitude is envy or jealousy. Which we have to fight off from our own sinful tendency toward these things as mentioned at James 4:5, 6- "Or does it seem to you that the scripture says to no purpose: "It is with a tendency to envy that the spirit which has taken up residence within us keeps longing"? 6: "However, the undeserved kindness which he gives is greater. Hence, it says: "God opposes the haughty ones, but he gives undeserved kindness to the humble ones."
Day 42: Do One Less Thing- Lately, this has been my new best habit to do one less thing every day, and I'm really getting used to doing things this new way. It has taken so much pressure off of me. And, I have been exercising my right to say "No" to those who thought I was their personal secretary that are outside of my immediate family. It feels so good to stand up and take charge of my life.
In fact, I've found that I'm being treated with more respect now that I respect myself more and others know that I do. Now, if I can teach this to my quiet and shy daughter who doesn't know how to be assertive in the right way, I'll have accomplished a great task.