Thankful for the negatives

Written by Funmi Yusuf

Many a times we are thankful for the good things in our lives. The great job, the kind spouse, the loving, healthy child, the car or home and many other things that I cant possibly fully mention. We have been taught to focus on the positives in our lives and downplay the negatives. We take on the "half-full glass theory with the belief that you will be happier when you do. Maybe, maybe not.

Today I want to challenge you to think differently, to take on a new perspective, to be thankful for the 'negatives' in our life. As preposterous as that may sound, I dare say that some good can also come from looking at the unpalatable moments and situations of in life and being thankful for it.

Here are my reasons, first off, it could have been worse than it is but it’s not. Secondly, it always gives room for learning especially when you assess your negative situation with a thankful perspective.

Another reason to adopt this view is that you never really rid yourself of your negative experiences, if all you do is sweep it under the rug in an attempt to focus on the positives. Negative experiences have a way of creeping up on you and damaging what you thought you had going well for you. They whisper little threats in those quiet moments of difficulties and paralyze your creativity.

Are you ready to take on this new challenge? Lets do it together, lets be thankful for our fears and failures also. Its only in that attitude of gratitude that we can you really conquer the limiting hold that fear has. 

"Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." I Thessalonians 5:18


  1. Chanllenge accepted! Starting with seeing the good sides of the scorching sun! Just kidding...

  2. Chanllenge accepted! Starting with seeing the good sides of the scorching sun! Just kidding...

  3. Thanks Funmi, for this meat in due season. Thank you for putting in perspective the charge to be thankful in every situation. Filling my heart with thanksgiving to drown out all the negatives I have been experiencing recently!!!


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