Goal of the Week: Steer Clear of the Negative Zone

Previously on GotW: Avoid Snacking. While I did much better than I normally do, there were moments when I fell off the wagon. It was to be expected, of course, no one is perfect. But I did manage, for the most part, to eliminate 68% of my snack habits, especially through out the day. I was disappointed at first, but looking back over the last few weeks, I’m actually impressed. According to the scale, last time I weighed, I’ve lost a total of 12 pounds combined over the last couple of months. I can live with that!

The new Goal of the Week, however, is of a deeper choice. Two Sunday’s ago, I went up before our church and was baptized. Took two tries, to be honest, I didn’t go all the way under the first time. Our pastor kept telling me to bend my knees when he took me under, but all I could make my brain understand was “duuuuuuuuuh.” So the first time I grabbed the side of the pool. Second take was good. I’d never had my hand shook or been congratulated so much in my entire life. I didn’t feel any different, though, I don’t want you to think I was suddenly a changed man. The next day, though, when I woke up, I felt refreshed, renewed. I had energy and was … happy? I went through the morning and afternoon thinking, “Well, this is nice, but now I’ve got to go to work!”

When I got to work, I had a complete feeling of calm and patience and just overall “chill” on me. But this was just Monday, I’m talking about. I still had the entire week to go! Thankfully, I’m happy to report that the feeling I’m talking about wasn’t a fluke. The entire week I felt great. It was as if I were seeing and hearing things through a whole new set of eyes and ears. By Friday, however, I was feeling a bit worn down. It wasn’t because I was tired of feeling like a new man, it was because everyone else around me was so negative. Talking about one another, complaining about work, preaching the Bible to me, praising God, then turning around and cursing everything else around them. Hypocrites may be the right word, but I’m not sure. I, at one point, used the term False Prophets. They are by no means, prophets, of course, but by spouting Scripture, but then showing that they obviously weren’t living it struck me across the face like a good right hook. I felt … offended?

Either way, this has led me to the current Goal of the Week. I want to try my best to steer clear of this Negative Zone. I can’t control who I work with, or – at the moment – where I work at, so the best I can do is steer clear from it as much as possible. This is going to include taking lunch alone and in my car, or else walking the building during lunch. Keeping my own mouth closed, of course and not giving them anything to feed off of. And, of course, avoiding any part of a conversation that will make anyone think I’m agreeing with them or feeding their negativity. Oh, it’s going to be rough, but if I can do this, I believe I can do anything! 🙂 Wish me luck.

Thanks for stopping by and reading, if you’ve made it this far, I appreciate the support.

J

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