Happy Texts – Lessons from Pollyanna

I was upset today. I woke up this morning and checked my Facebook, same as I do every morning, and first thing I read was a negative post. A post where someone was complaining about his job – again, and a comment below from my husband, complaining about his job – again. It just irritated me. Negativity is not exactly the first thing I want to wake up to. Maybe, I should stop reading Facebook first thing in the morning – but it did get me thinking.

Why are we so negative? Why did that post really upset me? I know I am just as guilty of complaining and posting it on Facebook. But really? Why do I complain and post it on Facebook? Is it for attention? Do I really want somebody to tell me – it’s okay to be negative – when it’s not! Life is to short to be negative.

I talked to my daughter about what was bugging me this afternoon. (She is so wise – sometimes, I wonder if she’s my daughter?) and she reminded me again of the Disney movie – Pollyanna.

She sent me this You Tube video

What a lesson to be learned! Here is food for thought. If God gave us 800 happy texts in the Bible – about being glad and rejoicing – then maybe, just maybe, it’s time to listen.

I also like the quote in the video from Abraham Lincoln.

If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will. 

What a challenge to myself. I am going to start reading through my Bible to find all the happy texts. Who wants to join me on the happy text challenge. Maybe if we were all just a little bit happy and glad about our circumstances, our jobs, our finances, our health, our families and relationships – America could be made right again?

Phillipians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord always and again, I say, Rejoice! 

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