Sunday, 12 April 2009
I can't remember whether I mentioned that my resolution for Lent was to try to give up negativity. Everyone else seems to give up chocolate or sweets these days, but although I did that once or twice as a kid, it was too easy and there didn't seem much point to it. Trying to be more positive, though, could hardly be more worthwhile - surely?
Success is less measurable - instead of being able to say that I made it to Easter Sunday without a morsel of chocolate passing my lips, I instead have to say that, honestly, of course I didn't make it through 40 days without any negative thoughts crossing my mind. In that sense I could never have expected to succeed.
What I've tried to do is to notice when I'm being negative; to spot when I'm being cynical or unnecessarily down about things, and to try and turn my thoughts around, or at the very least to refrain from inflicting such thoughts on other people.
Logically, while everyone else is tucking in to their Easter eggs today, I should be entitled to indulge myself in a bout of negative thinking.
Honestly, though? I think I'd rather stick to the chocolate.