Friday, July 31, 2015

Ignoring The Negative


My hands are full as I make my way out to the pool in my backyard. As usual I automatically say aloud, "Yikes, it's hot out here!" I don't know when the Texas heat is going to feel normal to me. Why does it continually shock me? 

I put my water, book and towel on the patio table and position my sun visor to protect my face, and in I go. Aaah, so delish Every. Single. Time. As I described for you back here. My muscles begin to relax already and I take deep breaths and smile big.

In my last post I stayed in the positive mode and did not tell you about another aspect of having my very own swimming pool. If I swim on a day when I am home alone and I am not hosting my kids and grandson or a friend, I get these guilty thoughts that bug me as I try to enjoy this blessing. 

The thoughts sound kinda like this..."Why are you wasting time like this? You do not deserve this pool. Your Hubs is working hard and here you are playing. You should be inside writing or cleaning or visiting orphans somewhere. You have forgotten something more important that needs to be done and here you are doing nothing......"

You get the drift right? 

These "...wait for the other shoe to drop." thoughts are as annoying as the wasps that also love my pool. Every single time I swim in mid-day they hover and land on the water and just dare me to swish them away so they will have an excuse to attack. So I try to ignore them. If giving them too much attention angers them, I will simply pretend they are not there. The thoughts AND the wasps. 

But very often, the wasps rob me of my relaxation and I stomp angrily back into the safety of my house. I mean who could close their eyes and truly relax while those little stingers hover above you? So, they often win.

I successfully ignored both the wasps and the "impending doom" thoughts the other day. I told myself that I had every right to be out here enjoying my yard and that the days of feeling guilty about EVERY LITTLE THING are over! I floated around and swam for only about 15 minutes, but it felt great and rejuvenated me to get back to work. 

I toweled off next to the patio table and gathered my things up to go back in the house. But I couldn't find my phone! I knew I had it when I came outside, where was it? 

Suddenly I KNEW. Because my hands were full when I came outside, I had slipped my phone into the front of my swimsuit. 

And I swam with my little phone inside my suit!

The moral of my story is that SOMETIMES those nagging little negative thoughts have a very real and important message for you and they should not be ignored. 
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11 comments:

  1. Oh dear....what can I say to that? Things happen...not so you'll feel guilty about enjoying your lovely pool...maybe more about not having your hands so full. Sometimes we hang on to too many THINGS and we don't allow ourselves the privilege and joy of simply resting in the peace that God has so freely given us...that would be my lesson learned out of this...something that I tend be guilty of...hanging on to THINGS and not resting in the peace of God....Good lesson here for me...thanks! I AM sorry about your phone, however. I wish I could call you and tell you how sorry I am! :) Hope that brought a smile to your face.

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    1. Ha! Thanks Pam. There are many places I could go spiritually with this but i'll let the readers see what they want in the words. ha!

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  2. Ack, swimming with your poor little cell phone. Is it dead or fixable? If you spend an hour or 15 minutes exercising and keeping healthy, send those little negative thoughts away. I was in a pool for an hour today. There are hours left in the day for helping people or wild life or many other good things.

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    1. Thanks Terra! I do try to use my pool for exercise most days and then end the time with floating on a noodle! Great way to start a day or end a day or a quick pop-in right in the middle of the day! Ha!

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  3. One day I was plagued by negative thoughts about laundry. I was sure I'd left a load in the washer the previous day but didn't want to check as I was sure it would now be sour. "Check the laundry" haunted me and I spent a good part of the day cursing the demon that was trying to ruin my day. Then I finally checked the laundry. Empty. My whole stinking day could have been care free had I just listened to that one "negative".
    I'll be sure to listen should I ever hear "check your bosom". ;-)
    This is Beckie but I can't get it to sign in right.

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    1. Haha! Oh Beckie I so love your comments every time! I'll let you know if i ever hear "check your bosom."

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  4. I had a time when I kept getting a thought about my hair appointment.I talked myself into believing it was the next week. I looked at the calendar in the kitchen and found I was wrong, it was to have been that day. Over a period of time, I did this three times. One was when I was doing a lot of running tending to my dad's affairs after he was in a nursing home. The lst time it happened I called the stylist at her home. She told me NOT to come back to her. I have seen her out in public,We are glad to see each other but it still bothers me I didn't listen to my thoughts.

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    1. It can be very difficult to discern which inner nagging voice to listen to, can't it? In my current situation it becomes confusing because I have recently gone through a deep re-examination of everything I believe. Working it out for myself instead of automatically swallowing what I am told.
      So this means that the nagging voice inside is just a left-over guilt emotion that carries no truth or weight to it anymore. Make sense? I have to choose what to ignore and try to re-train my brain and heart to only react to the truth, not false accusations. Like feeling bad about not attending every single service that a church offers. I used to proudly say that i was always the first one in and the last one out every time the church doors were open. But God didn't make that a law for, I did.

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    2. ....Or feeling guilty about enjoying my swimming pool when others don't have that luxury and i've done nothing to earn it.

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  5. If you didn't swim I wouldn't have this lovely blog post to read. So do it for me! :-)

    I wonder if there is something that repels wasps like citronella repels mosquitos. There's got to be something!

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    1. I know! I am always on the look-out for wasp repellant ideas! I did put up a couple scrunched up paper bags to resemble hornets nest because they won't build their own nests near by. It has worked as far as new nests on our house like when we arrived this time last year. But they are still visiting the pool every day from somewhere.

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