Today, I am pleased share with you a reflection from a fellow writer, as my guest blogger. Please read the bio about my friend and then go to his reflection, titled I Am Unsinkable! I know you will enjoy it and will want to follow his blog.
Earl Menchhofer writes . . . I am a husband, son, brother, uncle and friend. Writing, walking and music are some of my passions. I am a retired pastor who wrote messages about God's amazing love and grace. My writing now consists of inspirational reflections helping people to thrive instead of survive. My upcoming blog (under construction) is thrivingwiththeeagles.com. Currently I post my reflections on my Facebook page - facebook.com/earlmenchhofer.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Is life overwhelming for you? Are challenges constantly coming your way that it is hard to stay “a float?” Perhaps you are being weighed down by financial pressures - it is hard to pay the bills or facing being laid off from work. Or, perhaps home foreclosure is your challenge. Or, divorce or death of a loved one. Or, perhaps your challenge is your health - cancer, heart
condition or debilitating condition. Maybe you are being weighed down by a strained
relationship of a family member or friend.
There are several causes to make you feel overwhelmed and think you will sink or are sinking.
You may feel like the Titanic that sank on the morning of April 14, 1912, after hitting an
iceberg. However, there is hope. It is possible to keep from having a sinking feeling.
The first way to respond to a sinking feeling is to realize that the external situation is not the
cause of your suffering. It’s your thoughts about the situation that are causing your suffering
(source -Sonia Ricotti).
This leads to the second way to respond, which is, reprogram your thinking. Instead of saying
“I am sinking,” say “I am unsinkable.” Such a change in language is a change from negative to positive thinking. This makes all the difference.
Why? Because we follow our attitudes. For example, one of the instruments on an airplane is
an attitude indicator. That’s what the instrument is called. The pilot, by looking at the attitude
indicator, can determine the airplane’s pitch and bank in reference to the Earth. The attitude
indicator tells the pilot if the plane is going up or going down.
In regards to humans, our attitude indicator (our attitudes) tells us if we are going up or going down. A positive attitude takes you up and a negative one takes you down. Positive attitudes expand. Negative attitudes constrict. So, “I am sinking” is a statement that constricts. “I am unsinkable” is a statement that expands. This is because you are able to get a bigger picture instead of the close-up or tunnel vision of the immediate situation. The tunnel vision, constricts. The wider picture, expands.
Now, “I am unsinkable” doesn’t mean the situation will easily be resolved. There probably will be challenges. “I am unsinkable” means that you are determined to do whatever is necessary to move forward. It may take time; probably small steps. But you are determined to move forward.
Proverbs 23:7 says, “What he thinks is what he really is” (TEV). That is, our attitudes will be
evident in our outward actions. In the words of Norman Vincent Peale, “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
I have had life experiences when I said “I am unsinkable.” When I lost jobs or had heart bypass surgery I could have said, “I am sinking.” But I didn’t. I said, “I am unsinkable!” Thus, I moved forward with persistence and God’s guidance. There were moments when I wondered if I was going to make it, but I kept a positive attitude and told myself, “I am unsinkable.” I kept moving forward.
Thus, if life seems overwhelming, if you feel you are sinking, look up and say, “I am
unsinkable!” Think positive. Realize that God is upholding you and giving you strength. Have
an attitude that takes you up instead of going down.
Striving to thrive. . .