A couple of days after I made my last blog post, I was swimming and thought to myself “Wow, warm weather has arrived and I made it through winter without getting a cold or the flu”. I distinctly remember the thought and the genuinely happy feeling that accompanied it.
I kid you not, that very next day I came down with the flu, which lasted for a week and then I came down with Bronchitis. I was sick for just about three weeks.
While home on medical leave, I reflected back on my thought about not getting sick. I tried to figure out if the thought made me ill or was the thought a warning that I was getting sick. I felt very healthy that day when I was swimming, but the next day I was down for the count.
Once able, I returned to the pool. While swimming laps, I found myself wondering if I my thoughts created the illness. Of course my medical friends probably chuckled as they read that previous sentence and proclaimed that I got the flu through contact with an infected person. I do work on a college campus after all. That’s probably a more likely scenario, but I will say that I have been very careful about where I let my mind wander.
Visioning is a powerful tool that can be used to help one create a plan, goal, or vision for the future. I have often used it to help me through various stages in my life, such as job changes and personal challenges. The outcomes often moved me forward.
Since I got the flu, I have been very intentional when my mind begins to wander off and ask some of those crazy life questions that so often come to me. If negative thought comes to mind, I push it out and replace it with something positive. That’s not always easy, but I do work hard to keep my life moving in a positive direction.
Getting sick gave me plenty of time to consider the Tinkering With Success lesson for this blog post. Visioning a positive future for my life is my current focus. Perhaps that is something that you could consider too. Take it from me, thinking positive sure beats coming down with the flu.