Jo’s Journal: Trying to Stay Positive

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Trying to Stay Positive

Even Through the Rainy Days

by Joanne Troppello

The incessant rain today matches my mood. Frustration has set in since I’m not progressing as quickly as I thought I’d be progressing with a writing project I’m working on.

Just as the rain will end, I know my bad mood will lift. I’ll feel more optimistic again. However, at the moment – when I need to write more articles for the magazine and my work on Medium – it’s kind of hard to be my usual optimistic self.

Yet, in my efforts to be as vulnerable as possible in my writing these days, it’s a good thing that I have the chance to write. It’s a form of therapy – getting my thoughts onto the blank screen on my laptop.

I hope you’ll cut me some slack for this less than inspirational post today.

How to Stay Positive

This is definitely a lesson for me today. When your mood is as dark as the storm clouds filling the sky, take a step back and focus on the following things:

  • Thankfulness – It may be difficult but write down three things you’re thankful for today. My three things right now would be my husband who works so hard for us, that God has given me another day, and that I have a place to live and food to eat.

  • Bible Verses – Read or recite some of your favorite Bible verses that can get your mind refocused on God. Mine for today would be Isaiah 26:3: You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

  • Get Creative – Do something that gets your creative juices flowing. For me, it was even just writing this article. I am starting to feel better already. Maybe you like to draw or paint, write poetry, do crafts, or woodworking. Get creative so you can take your mind off of the bad mood and focus on the good things and all that God is still doing in your life.

  • Go Outside – Getting outside in the fresh air and into nature can become a great motivator for you. Even though it’s raining today, I took my umbrella and walked to the mailbox at the end of our long driveway to get the mail. I took the recycling out. Usually, I like to go for a walk or sit on our deck. Thankfully, we have a roof over our deck, so I was able to be outside for a bit. Being in the fresh air, did help to improve my mood a bit.

“The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.” – Dennis S. Brown

I saw this quote today and it truly resonated with me. No matter what I’m going through, the day can become better when I change my perspective – and get it focused again on God and not on my situation.

How do you handle days when you’re in a bad mood?


About the Author

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.