Affirmations are really anything that we say or think. Our thoughts create our feelings, beliefs, and experiences. Too often they are negative. We say, “I don’t want this in my life” or “I don’t want to be sick anymore” or “I hate my job”. If we want to change or manifest something in our lives, we must state what we do want. We must affirm that we are willing to see ourselves or our lives in a different perspective. Thus, we can change our experiences by first changing our thoughts. ~ Louise Hay
If like attracts like then Negativity attracts itself. I know it can breed with amazing speed, just like The Flu. It can create a very Sick Puppy. But unlike The Flu the person with the downtrodden, negative or bummer attitude usually doesn’t even know it’s there. It is so ingrained in their thought patterns it seems “natural” to them.
I’m sure you know someone like this. There’s the person I don’t want to run into when I’m in a hurry because my casual, “Hi! How are you?” usually elicits a reply that I’m 99% sure is going to be a (long) story about A Bummer. Or, there’s the guy who has had the Same Problems, Different Day for way too long. He’s still beating his head against the wall; hasn’t done a thing about changing his ways and has no idea why his life sucks. I know women and men who have been in dysfunctional and co-dependent relationships forever who constantly complain about their situations but can’t bring themselves to leave. Their heads can’t wrap around the fact that they could be happier if they would just stop controlling, being controlled or both (Just Say NO! No More! ). These are just a few examples but these are behaviors I’m familiar with.
Affirmations are an effective way for me to keep Negativity at bay. When I came out of my “Coma” I started to listen and learn. I realized there was more to life than being on The Pity Pot and Hitting My Head Against the Wall While Trying to Orchestrate it All. I learned that words are powerful and using negatives such as No, Not, Don’t, Can’t and Won’t (to name just a few)only hindered my progress. By using a positive approach with affirmative words and actions I am able to process my thoughts and feelings and turn “it” around which, in turn, prevents The Flu . I don’t want to spread any Germs. I’m not perfect but I’m making progress. I’m happy, healthy and whole today. For this I am truly grateful.