The 7 day mental diet is hard work! Part of the difficulty is just maintaining the viewpoint of the observer. We simply are not used to examining every thought we have!
My first two days went swimmingly – which was a bit of a surprise, especially when the second day involved a 60 mile trip diagonally across the Tulsa metro area during the worst of rush hour traffic. Nary a harsh thought toward another driver was quite an accomplishment – and one I silently celebrated.
So what through me off track the worst? One of our dogs – McKenzie – went out and somewhere on the farm found cockle burrs AND ROLLED IN THEM!!! In her long fur, that was quite a mess, and one I did not enjoy in the least.
It went like this…. pick out a burr, realize I was entertaining negative thoughts, restart my mental diet. Pick out a burr, realize I was entertaining negative thoughts, restart my mental diet. Pick out a burr, realize I was entertaining negative thoughts, restart my mental diet. It wasn’t long until I realized the futility of restarting in the midst of the burrs…. and that gave me a sense of freedom. I cussed the dog. I cussed the burrs. I went into Alliances and posted that I was cussing the dog. LOL And then, when I was done picking burrs and cussing the dog under my breath, I was free to start over for real.
I’ve had to restart several times a day since, but am able to keep my sense of humor (even about the burrs)…. but I have to wonder, how long will it take me to make it seven whole days without entertaining a negative thought????
And thus we have the title for this post. LOL