Finally, brothers and sisters,
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.
-- Philippians 4:8
My head has been in that bad space where every thought turns negative, I'm sour, I'm anxious, I'm not the person I want to be. Sure there's a whole list of things I wish would change in my life and I think if these "things" change, I will be happier, more positive, more....
But I've lived long enough to know that's not how it goes. You must start from the inside out. I must choose where my mind lands and where my thoughts go when life isn't going according to my plans and people don't behave in kindness. It's so hard. That's why this verse from the Bible is great, mostly because it's true. Because what you think really can change your outlook and your person and just maybe your circumstance.
Sometimes it's hard for me to conjure up good thoughts when I'm in the midst of ruminating. So I created this "Think Good Things" spot that is a visual push for me to get out of my negative mindset.
This little corner in my dining room is a little visual sampler of the Philippians Bible verse. From there I can turn my thoughts on things that are true, honest, noble, praiseworthy and lovely.