Sunday, March 9, 2014

Day 7 ~ 21 days to a Positive Attitude (Saturday March 8)

Day 7 - Saturday

1) Every day write down 3 good things that happened that day for which you are grateful.
A.  Today the visiting nurse took off the dressing.  We were told 5 days after I was released, but it turns out to be 5 full days after surgery.  So ... Bing Bang, bandage off

B. Along with being allowed to walk around without the dressing, I can TAKE SHOWERS. 

C. The level 10, put me down on the ground, desire to be put to sleep with penethol until healed .. that pain seems to get gone.  Yea. I also get to see the spectacular bruising on the knee - and I gotta tell you, I can now wrap my head around the pain.  I see the reason.

2) Journal about one positive blessing. One of the three, and explain why that good thing is better than the bad things that happened.

Today I choose to write about B, the ability to take showers, as the blessing that trumps today's evil.  Before I do, however, I want to note that I have begun to feel the psychology of this particular system, 21 Days to a Better Attitude.  If I am focusing on the Good, especially when there is so little good to find, I start converting what I used to see as bad into something I can now frame as good.  For example, it would be far more direct to complain about my pain, using the 21 Days to a Horrible Attitude, but since I have now spent a week at this, it's getting harder to even find an evil event that approaches the bar of curse.

Anyway, imagine for a moment, not having had a shower in 6 days.  You have been given the opportunity to wash on Wednesday morning, but no shower or bed bath on Tuesday was offered.  Worse, bed baths always leaves some soap on the victim.  You are never quite clean enough to stand in your own skin and not cringe.  That was Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Yuck.  Saturday was a shower.  As frightening as it was, and as much pain as my knee was as we bent it to get into the shower, it was all "washed away" with the actual shower.  Small blessings indeed.

3) Meditate and detach from multi-tasking, by focusing on scripture~ read it, research it, think about how it might impact your life.

In my continued effort to discover what relationship with God actually is, I have been lead over and over to the Holy Spirit. From Chan's  "Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit," I read this quote:

This is one of the tests of a real relationship, is if you trust the other members of your team, family or group.  If you are always doing it yourself, you are the groups God and you don't have a relationship with God.  If you are letting the Holy Spirit tell you what to do, than you have a relationship.

This link will bring you to where I bought the book - Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit

4) One random act of kindness a week. You can do more. (Try one a day)

Today we went to Starbucks.  I took the opportunity to walk up and down Starbucks long hallway.  Must have walked 3-4 hundred feet on crutches.  Pretty cool.  On the way out, there was a mother escorting a son who was challenging her ability to control her children.  He ran to the door, in front of which I was standing.  He looked at me as if I was evil, but there I was, crutch man in the way.  Eventually the mother got to the door, which I opened for her and her son, doing an awesome job of crutch karate to get out the door, out of the way, and still give her and her child room to exit.  It wasn't until they were 10 feet away from the door that she notice I was using crutches to open the door for her, and that Anne was helping we decide how to get down the 1 step curb.  That was pretty cool.  

5) Pray. Lay down the hurtful things and gather strength. 


Rules for 21 Days to a Positive Attitude and Day 1.  Click here
Day 2: Click Here.
Day 3: Click Here.
Day 4: Click Here.
Day 5: Click Here.
Day 6: Click Here.

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