I love spending time by myself in nature. I feel so connected with God and who I am. I love the freedom to explore. To climb every log I want or stray off the path.
When I stay on the hiking trails, the sights are beautiful enough. When I follow a whim and go on the path less travelled, however, I find amazing things. I've discovered tree houses, rope swings, slides into rivers and hidden lookouts. .
Someone told me this metaphor (I love metaphors). We have two paths in our brain: the negative one and the positive one. If we think negatively, the weeds get tramped down, which make the path easier to travel on. Meanwhile, our positive pathway becomes increasingly overgrown because we aren't using it. When we first transition from negative thinking (which has become our default, flat path) to positive thinking, we have to do some bush whacking. .
Everyone is negative at some point. The good news is, the more you choose to think positively, the easier it will be to walk down that path and the more undesirable and overgrown a negative mindset will be. Remind yourself to think positively. Set inspiring pictures as your phone lock screen and desktop background, set a phone alarm to pray/be grateful throughout the day, have a goal to give one genuine compliment a day or see how many smiles you can get from strangers. Leave sweet, anonymous notes in public places. Buy someone coffee. Write kind notes to yourself in the margins of books that you're reading or writing in. (Pepper them in later in the book so you see them as you read). Ask a sad looking stranger if they're ok and offer a listening ear.