Becoming Moaning Myrtle: Life of the party #MNBHP
D’you think I don’t know what people call me behind my back? Fat Myrtle! Ugly Myrtle! Miserable, moaning, moping Myrtle!”
As comical as Moaning Myrtle is in the books, the sad news is that most of us know at least one person resembling her. They are the type of person that is so negative and whiny that when you see them coming or their number pops up on your caller id, you cringe. You don’t wish them ill, in fact you wish something good would happen to them. The problem is that two minutes with your Moaning Myrtle makes you feel lower than the slugs Ron vomited in his second year.
So why would anyone want to become Moaning Myrtle? I don’t think even Myrtle wants to be herself. The problem is that becoming a constantly negative person who has very few good things to say and usually just talks about all their problems as if life is doom and gloom, is a slow fade. The negativity begins in the mind with thoughts like: I’m so ugly, no one will ever like me; I have nothing to offer, why should he/she stay with me?; If it weren’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any at all; The little man just can’t get ahead (Rowling proved that one wrong), etc. What is in the mind flows to our hearts and comes out of our mouths either contaminating or enlivening every word we speak.
Whatever you think of yourself, you will become. The thing is that you choose what thoughts you allow to play center stage in your mind. You either chose to think you are a wretch or you choose to believe you are a beautiful and wonderful creation created for a purpose and on purpose. The more you feed your mind uplifting, positive, encouraging thoughts, the less like Moaning Myrtle you will be.
Stop the stinking thinking. Take negative thoughts captive and turn them around. If you are tempted to think, “I’m fat, no one will ever want me,” turn that around into, “I am a beautiful, voluptuous woman created for a purpose and on purpose.” If you are tempted to think, “I’m a loser, I’ll never make anything of myself,” turn that around into, “I’ve been created for a purpose and I am determined to find that purpose and run after it with all my heart. Today is a new day, a fresh start, I can be anyone I choose to be.”
How are you going to silence your Moaning Myrtle? Think of one stinky thought that brings you down, turn it around and share your new, improved, life-of-the-party thought with us using #MNBHP.
Next Week: Becoming Harry Potter: Parselmouth