To Dwell

I try not to dwell on things that will upset the rhythm of my day – instead I try to focus on the positive. There are times, however, when my thoughts circle around the same occurance. Over and over and over again.

When my thoughts get stuck in a never-ending replay of a moment in time, I speak about it. My husband listens and says the same thing everytime: “Don’t let it upset you. It is not worth it.” He does not realise that I do not need him to fix the situation – all I need is for him to listen while I vent. I have come to appreciate my daughters for their listening ears. Now that they are teenagers, they realise that mommy also needs to express what upsets her.

I try not to dwell on things too much as I have learned that it can lead to feeling depressed. I have learned, instead, to reflect on all the good that is in my life. Thinking of the positive has certainly led to a certain contentment in my life.

Five-Minute-Friday-badgeWhat do you do to prevent yourself from dwelling on the negative?

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt:Β dwell)

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34 thoughts on “To Dwell

  1. I think so many of us fall into this trap. I very much appreciate a lyric from a P!nk song – “Change the voices in your head” (the second verse is, “Make them like you instead,” which works well for negative self-talk). Changing the narrative in my head helps me change my thought processes and my overall outlook. Sometimes, this is hard to do without first venting – how wonderful that you have your daughters to turn to as a resource!

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  2. I echo about what Michelle said about creative space. I started Bible journaling and that helps a lot. I’m able to interact with God’s Word through my prayers, questions (a lot of questions!) and comments.

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  3. Isn’t it funny how men always want to fix things when what we usually need is for them to listen? It’s the nature of men, I guess, to want to do while it is in our nature to want to vent. I walk, I write, I play with photos, I read, and I take time to give thanks every day. Usually that works. πŸ™‚

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  4. I usually pick up a good book that is far, far removed from the topic bothering me and read non-stop until I’ve left behind me the world in which the problem reigned. Sometimes it has taken a couple of days to get the job done, but I keep reading. Thank God for good books and healthy eyes.

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  5. I had a whole of resentment against various people and have mostly let that go now and am concentrating on kindness to strangers. I haven’t thought this through properly but so far it is working!

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    1. Negative comments made by the people we know always hurt the most – and the hardest thing is not allowing their negativity to upset your equilibrium. Good for you on finding a way to deal with this.

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