It is said that faith can move a mountain, but women who think positively cannot only move the mountain, they can send that mountain far back into the sea. Positive thinking is very effective. Women in general can be very effective. When you combine these two elements, you have a combination of great mental power; you have a force to be reckoned with. If women all over would combine their positive thinking and then extend it over the world, I believe that world peace would be attained. I believe that we would have fewer wars.
Women and positive thinking go hand in hand. A woman’s job has always been that of the caregiver of the family. Being a caregiver requires positive thinking; making ends meet requires positive thinking; sitting up all night with a sick child requires positive thinking; running a household with limited funds requires positive thinking; sending your children out into the world requires positive thinking. Therefore, when you really look at it, you can say that one of the underlying fundamental characteristics of a woman is the ability to think positively.
What exactly is positive thinking? We have all heard the phrase “Think positively.”
Positive thinking is a mental attitude that expects good and favorable results. It is said that “A positive mind anticipates happiness, joy, health and a successful outcome of every situation and action. Bear in mind that whatever the mind expects, it finds. Therefore, if your mind is full of negative thoughts, then your expectations more than likely will be negative. If your mind is full of positive thoughts, then your expectations will be more than likely positive.
Positive thinkers are people who look at a glass as half full rather than half empty. (When John F. Kennedy was asked about the unemployment of our country, he said, “Seven percent might be unemployed, but 93 percent are employed.”) They look on the bright side of life. They see the good in the bad. they are confident in their abilities and in the abilities of others around them. They always seem to have a smile on their face and walk with an exta beat in their step.
You might be saying to yourself, “How or why should I be like the Women’s Day group, positively thinking when the world around me is in such a financial crisis?” or “Why should I think positively when I just lost my job or was just diagnosed with cancer?”
Well, I say to you to call to mind Matthew 19:25–27, in which Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
“With God all things are possible.” You see, thinking positively forces us to call upon our faith. It forces us to fall on our knees and ask God for his favors, and more importantly, it forces us to acknowledge the ever presence of God and his mercies and love toward us.
With your thoughts focused on hope—and Jesus is indeed our hope—you start to relax and look for solutions rather than dwell on problems. You are more likely to imagine positive situations or outcomes and disregard the thoughts related to giving up, failing, or facing roadblocks.
Please understand that thinking positively does not mean overlooking reality. Bad things happen to positive and negative people. The difference is that positive thinkers tend to look for the best in a situation. Positive thinking is not about hiding negative emotions and putting on a happy face to mask what you are really feeling. Of course, we all have negative experiences, which sometimes we simply cannot escape no matter how hard we may try. The positive thinker will deal with the unpleasant situation as needed and then attempt to move on successfully after experiencing it, all the while viewing the situation from a realistic standpoint.
If you have cause to question your positive thinking, bring to mind some of the women whose positive thinking brought about rewards and much success. Sojourner Truth immediately comes to mind; her vision was one of great positive thinking. She knew that those journeys were full of danger and possible death, but she looked beyond the negative aspects and focused on the positive aspects. I am quite sure that she prayed and prayed before she set out on those journeys, and then she believed in her heart that God was going to be by her side. If she had focused on the negative aspects of those journeys, more than likely she would not have ventured on them. Sojourner Truth was a slave with very limited resources, but she held fast to her positive thoughts and then transformed them into a mental attitude that she developed into a plan to help her fellow man.
Positive thinking means taking a leap of faith, stepping out in faith, or as Martin Luther King Jr. said, “It is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Another positive-thinking woman who comes to mind is Miriam from the Old Testament. We all are familiar with the story of how Miriam saved her brother, Moses, who grew up to become the leader of the Hebrew people. Moses was strategically placed among the reeds at the edge of the river. When Pharaoh’s daughter founded Moses, Miriam cleverly arranged for the real mother of the baby to be the baby’s wet nurse. Miriam knew what the negative outcome could have been for Moses, but she looked beyond the negative and found the positive, and she focused on the positive. She did not just utter mere positive words, she mentally formulated her plan and then she put her plan into action. Miriam kept watch over that basket on the river until Pharaoh’s daughter picked it up just as she planned and hoped for.
All of our feelings, beliefs, and knowledge are based on our internal thoughts. These internal thoughts are useless unless put into action. You would have noticed that the two women I mentioned above did not use their positive thinking selfishly. Thoughts can be better manifested when they are shared. These two women used their thinking power to help others. And so I say to the women of St. Georges, let your positive thinking be extended to others. Share it, especially with us, the youth. Sit us down every now and then, and share your positive thinking and then allow us to share our own positive thinking with you. Positive thinking builds stronger relationships; it encourages friendship. It fosters teaching by example. Let your attitude toward us be of a positive nature and, in turn, teach us how to have positive attitudes as well. All of us, in one way or another, affect the people we meet and the people we interact with regularly, and we need to learn from you.
Thinking negatively brings you ailments:
- High blood pressure
- Upset stomach and sleeplessness
Thinking positively helps you in many ways. It could help you live longer. Those who think positively not only have better immune-system functioning, but they are also able to both mentally and physically cope better with illness or disease.
- It can help you deal with daily life, and when problems arise, it can provide a sense of stress relief.
- It can make you feel better. Instead of sitting back and feeling defeated when life throws you curves, taking control of your situation by thinking positively can help you take charge of how you feel. Much of the negativity that you may usually carry around with you may be erased.
- It is contagious! Adopting an optimistic outlook will not only make you feel better, but may also make those around you feel better as well.
- Others will respond to you differently. When you are in a good mood, those around you notice it. Give it a try sometime … take notice of how you are treated differently when you have a positive attitude versus when you have a negative one.
Positive thinking brings inner peace, success, improved relationships, better health, happiness, and satisfaction. It also helps the daily affairs of life move more smoothly and makes life look bright and promising. So as the backbone of families, women must think positively.