Day 6: Notice

Humans have what is known as a negativity bias. We tend to “notice and respond more strongly to negative events than to equally positive ones, recall insults better than praise, and think about negative things more frequently than positive ones.”

Our Father has an antidote for the negativity bias. It is found in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]” (AMP). Notice, this is not a “once and done” event but an ongoing process. Our negativity bias could be considered moisture that needs to be drawn out of us, as wood is seasoned to make it suitable for the environment in which it will be used.

This post is for Day 6 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Writing Challenge. The theme of my series is, “Season,” based on the definition, “make (wood) suitable for use as timber by adjusting its moisture content to that of the environment in which it will be used.” Please click here to find the Table of Contents and links to other posts in the series.

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