Friday, November 6, 2009

Positive Oath - Will You Take It Up With Me?

I've hardly had time to catch up with things lately.  There was a remark made on one of the blogs that I always follow about a positive oath that they had taken.  I went to check it out.  I believe in positive oaths. The blog turned out to be Deidra at Jumping Tandem.  In the post, she is talking about how her flight was bumped and they ended up staying in a hotel.  She was left with no luggage.  No curling iron.  No makeup.  No change of clothes.  To read her post, please go here.

In the post, she realized how much emotional baggage that women carry around.  She came up with this oath which I am going to try to carry out as well.

The OATH means using Only Adjectives That Heal/Help. For the next twenty-one days, make a commitment not to let yourself speak badly about yourself. Only good self-talk allowed. Keep these thoughts in mind:
  1. If you've been engaged in negative self talk for awhile, if it's become your habit, it might be hard to just stop cold turkey. I know it was for me. So I just started by applying some mother wit to myself: If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. Start there.
  2. The OATH is not about bragging. There is a difference between being a braggart and loving the person God created you to be. Love yourself. Just don't boast or brag.
  3. If you slip back into your old habit, just switch gears and start again. Don't beat yourself up. Just move on.
  4. Soon you'll find yourself thinking differently about yourself, and that will spill over into your relationships with others. You'll have more grace, more patience, and more love. I don't know how it works or why it works, but it does.
Deidra mentions that she had read that it takes twenty-one days to form a new habit.  I believe that to be absolutely true.  She, also, mentioned that twenty-one days from today is Thanksgiving.  This is a great way to prepare ourselves for Thanksgiving as well.

Now, on my part, I think positivity is a powerful thing.  I think this oath could be very powerful.  Think about how much positive energy could be out there by Thanksgiving if we all took the pledge.  We can reach so many people if each of us post about this to our readers.  Will you join me in her pledge?  Will you make it your own?

During the last week of the challenge, Deidra invites you to write a post about your experience with the OATH, and link up here to her blog. She will be posting other Girl Talk posts throughout the twenty-one days.  Please check out her posts as this OATH continues. 

Are you in? If you are, please grab her button which I have below and stop by her blog to let her know that you are supporting her in this.



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8 comments:

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

I'm doing it! Well, I'm gonna try...

yonca said...

My dad used to say 'positivity is the key which opens all the doors in our lifes'.
Have a great weekend!

Tater Tot Mom said...

Thanks so much for commenting and following my site today! I love your blog and you couldn't stop me from following you if you tried! Can't wait to see more!

Menopausal New Mom said...

I'm gonna try, I'll keep you posted!

blueviolet said...

That's admittedly very tough to do. I'll try!!!!

kys said...

Good luck to everyone!

HeartsMakeFamilies said...

I'm gonna try as well. Lets all support each other as it goes.

Deidra said...

I'm so glad you're joining us! It looks as if you've got your own OATH team forming right here on your blog! So cool! Let's keep it going...