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JM’s Journal: Don’t Get Caught Up in Drama

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Don’t Get Caught Up in Drama

Choose to Focus on Productive Things

by J.M. Troppello

I encountered two situations today where two different people reacted irrationally to some things that happened. I had a choice. I could listen, allow the person to vent, and calmly share my advice. Or I could take on their negativity and get caught up in the drama. In these situations, I chose to listen and let them vent. Then I shared my calm response. One person received it well. The other person didn’t.

Now, I don’t always respond in a mature manner to people and situations I encounter each day. My goal is to respond in a rational, mature manner. However, there are times when I act irrationally and react immaturely.

Lately, my new motto is:

I don’t have time to waste time.

That may sound bold, but it’s true. I’m tired of getting involved in the drama of others. I don’t want to waste time on unnecessary behavior that is unproductive. I have too many other important things to get done every day instead of wasting time.

Some of the following activities have helped me to stick to my new motto and remain more productive daily:

  • Start my day off right by reading the Bible, studying a passage, and praying

  • Write a to-do list for my daily work projects that need to get done

  • Limit my time scrolling through social media sites like Twitter and Facebook

  • Make a decision to focus on positive and productive thoughts and activities

  • Pray for guidance and that God will help me navigate maturely

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Phil. 4:8, NKJV)

You have the choice to have a positive or negative attitude. You have the power to change your perspective when you focus on positive things in your life and not the negative. When you ask God to help you maintain a positive perspective, He will help you. I’ve experienced His help in my own life. I used to be angry all the time when I was younger. That anger infiltrated my life and negatively impacted me for many years. Yet, God healed me from that anger and negativity.

How do you handle drama in your life and how do you try to not dwell in that negativity?

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About the Author

JM Troppello in Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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