Just For Today – A positive attitude

“That old nest of negativism followed me everywhere I went.” – Basic Text, p. 137

A negative attitude is the trademark of active addiction. Everything that occurred in our lives was someone or something else’s fault. We had blaming others for our shortcomings down to a fine science. In recovery, one of the first things we strive to develop is a new attitude. We find that life goes a lot easier when we replace our negative thinking with positive principles.

While a negative attitude dogged us in our active addiction, all too often it can follow us into the rooms of Narcotics Anonymous. How can we begin to adjust our attitudes? By altering our actions. It isn’t easy, but it can be done.

We can start by listening to the way we talk. Before we open our mouths, we ask ourselves some simple questions: Does what I’m going to say speak to the problem, or the solution? Is what I’m going to say framed in a kind manner? Is what I have to say important, or would everyone be just as well off if I kept my mouth shut? Am I talking just to hear myself talk, or is there some purpose to my “words of wisdom”?

Our attitudes are expressed in our actions. Often, it’s not what we say, but the way we say it, that really matters. As we learn to speak in a more positive manner, we will notice our attitudes improving as well.

Just for Today: I want to be free of negativity. Today, I will speak and act positively.

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5 thoughts on “Just For Today – A positive attitude

  1. psquirrel says:

    Have been feeling markedly down today, so this advice came at just the right time. Implementing it isn’t as easy as I’d like, but I’m giving it a try nonetheless! =)

  2. some days are diamonds, some days are coal. Sometimes being a squirrel is a breeze and other days it is hard. 🙂

  3. Hope today is a more positive day for you! And at some point in the future, I’m going to have to work the phrase “That old nest of negativism” into my blog! 🙂

    • psquirrel says:

      I thought it was very fitting that was the phrase used involved a nest . . .very appropriate for squirrels! Believe it or not, today is actually going a bit better!!! =) Thanx!

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