Sooooooo, I am doing a thing!!! I hear you right now, looking at your neighbor and being like: “what thing is she doing.” Yeah, I see you. Don’t act like you didn’t just ask that…. And I know your curious mind has you over there murmuring, “what thing are you doing Nosi?” So I will tell you. Wait for it….. It’s almost here….. Here it is….. (Ok, y’all don’t even understand the smile that was just brought by the last few lines!) I digress, my apologies…..
I AM GOING ON A NEGATIVITY FAST!!!
Maybe going is not the right word since I have already started this fast. Let’s just put it this way; I am fasting negativity this month. I know, you’re probably thinking what the???? Or not. Maybe you’re just thinking, “you actually have to fast that?” because you have negativity in check. Well, if you are thinking the latter then can I schedule a coffee date with you so we can discuss how you managed to be this person!!!
Why a negativity fast?
It’s December (duh) and the year is almost over (also, duh)…. Cue Christmas plans, lamentations on how terrible (or great) the year has bee, reflections on the top stories of the year. I mean, you know how we all get when the year comes to an end. I believe, strongly, in the power of introspection and am constantly looking within to see where I am and where I need to grow.
Truth be told, this year hasn’t been terrible. If I start to think about it, there have been several depressing moments and events but the good outweighs the bad. In the midst of that, however, I realized that I had developed some sort of negative vibe and was on some “Nosi – you are not this person. Get it together!” So, as I approach a new year, I decided I need to cleanse myself the best way I know why. *insert meditating person emoji here (do they have those?)*
Tell me more!!!
I knew it! I knew you’d want to hear more about this fast!!! I did some research online (by research I mean I really just typed “negativity fast” and ran a google search. hahaha) and felt like the following plan was the best route to go. Feel free to join in on this fast, it’ll be exciting to share the stories after. *wink, wink*
1- Talking about situations and people with a negative viewpoint
2- Pessimistic expressions about people and circumstances
3- Critical talk about myself and others
4- Complaining of ANY KIND
5- Negatively gossiping about others (gossip nje – ain’t nobody got time for that)
6- Using sarcasm to hide my negative and bitter views*
*Between you and I, this will probably be the hardest for me.
Intentionally Focus on…
1- Meditating (For me this’ll be focusing on my relationship, and intimacy, with God)
2- Meditating on, and speaking out, thanksgiving and praise
3- Declaring who God is and who He says that I am
4- Speaking life, love and hope to myself and others
5- Speaking solutions and calling forth answers to problems
6- Focusing on what God is doing in my Life
1- Start and end every day with thanksgiving and personal declarations
2- Abstain from watching, listening to, or reading media that fosters negativity
3- Limit my use of social media
4- Each time I am tempted to be critical of someone, I will speak kindness over them
5- Be intentional not to let negativity dictate the atmosphere around me
6- Practice forgiving people quickly
7- Spend time laughing each day
8- Bless every place I go with hope
9- Do not criticize others for being negative.
Some more resources…
If you do decide to join me, here are some additional resources. Also, halla at me so we can keep each other accountable.
Mark Dejesus at markdejesus.com