It's WIP Wednesday. What work? What progress? As some of you can tell, I have been in a bit of a funk this week. I blame it on hormones.
I thought maybe if I blogged about something sad, it would be cathartic. That backfired. It made me feel worse. (Why did I have to drag everyone down with me?) Don't worry. I won't be trying that again.
Anyway, I am going to try a new tactic today. I am going to write about a book that I found uplifting: The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale.
A few years ago, I was going through a tough time, and I came across some mention of this book. (It was pre-blogging, so God only knows where.) The book sounded fantastic! The chapter headings were something like this:
- How to Have More Energy
- How to Be More Patient
- How to Stop Worrying
- How to be Happy All The Time
I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! I ordered it from Amazon immediately and opened it the second it arrived.
And this is basically what every chapter said:
If you want more energy, just wake up every morning and say, "Jesus, please give me energy today."
If you want to be more patient, just get up every day and ask Jesus to give you patience.
If you want to... okay, well, you get the point.
I found this hilarious.
First off, I am Jewish. Second, it is billed as a "self-help" book. It should have been called The Power of Prayer, not The Power of Positive Thinking.
But as I read on, the book was filled with touching anecdotes of people who overcame hardships by believing in themselves. It was strangely inspiring. I was much more positive for several months. My husband even noticed, and I would joke with him, "I'm much happier since I found Jesus."
Now I just need to remember tomorrow to ask Jesus for a new PB idea.