Did you know that aging can be an especially joyful experience ? One of the things that pleases me immensely is that I am now largely able to shield myself from negativity.
Earlier on, in my career, I encountered, and dealt with negative people on a daily basis. I remember how exhausting that was, and how hard it was to protect my personal boundaries so that I was not influenced and dragged down by negativity.
Reasons for people being chronically negative are complex, but often, displaying a negative attitude is a learned behaviour. Learned behaviours can also be unlearned, if a person is willing.
I am well trained now to recognize people with negative attitudes within 10 minutes of meeting them.
And, I now have the liberating option that aging can bring; I choose to stay away from such individuals, although I do have compassion for these folks, knowing that they are generally unhappy.
It is preferable to surround ourselves with cheerful people. How do I stay positive? The joy of the Lord is my strength ( Nehemiah 8:10).
I also never watch “The News”. People find this strange sometimes and ask if I don’t want to know what’s going on in the world. I reply that I already know enough about the bad stuff that : The News” reports.
We are wise to follow the counsel of Philippians 4: 8-9, and think about things that are honorable, just, pure, lovely, gracious, and excellent.
In doing this, we receive the peace that Christ promises.
Pictured is the landing site of John Cabot in our town in 1497.