A Simple Question To Get Back On Track

Positively No Negativity Challenge

Day 80 of 84

Moving on to the last five days of this No Negativity Challenge, I want to share with you a question I ask myself when I’m in a stew, when I’m upset with someone and when I’m worried about something. These are all negative feelings, by the way.


I thought of the question this morning and I remembered using it on my children when we were all at home together. Back then the concern would have been a fight with a friend, a job not gotten, a lost wallet, or a flu that made them miss an important event.

Asking the question won’t solve all your problems, but it will give some much needed perspective. Are you ready for it?

          What will this matter in a year’s time? In five years? Eternity?

 Chances are, in just a few week’s time, you won’t even care. The situation that is so big right now would end up being an irrelevant detail of life. I find myself laughing at some of the things I fretted about last year. Actually I realize that many of the things I fretted about since starting this No Negativity Challenge either never came to pass, they resolved themselves or I found a solution for them. Now, some situations are serious and their consequences are earth shattering, but most of the time they are not.

My son’s concussion is finally starting to get better and his focus is coming back. Yes, he lost his university year but his health is so much more important. (It could have been better, but it could have been worse)

My Mother has started getting much needed medical treatment for her condition and the whole family is relieved that she is starting to feel a little better. She’s getting some of her Mojo back.

My car sold after many weeks on Kijiji. I didn’t get the price I wanted, but I was just so happy to have it sold before the winter settled in. (I could have gotten more for it, but I could have gotten less)

So rather than taking up precious energy feeling worried, angry, overwhelmed and afraid, I can use it to spend time with the people I love.

So, what happened at church a few days ago has been discussed, forgiven and classified. Will it matter in a year’s time? I don’t think so.

How about you? Is there something you are stewing about these days? Can you ask yourself the question, What will this matter in a year’s time? Is the answer, “It won’t matter at all.”?

 Today I am grateful:

1. For the most beautiful sunrise

2. That Justin Bieber is finally being called to task

3. For a day out with a friend

4. For the people who contacted me after my last post

5. For the friend who remembered the time, many years ago, when I stood up for her



2 thoughts on “A Simple Question To Get Back On Track

  1. Hi Christine, you and I are so alike…When I was young, around 8 or 9 years old, I suffered of insecurity, and I had developed a habbit of asking myself this question: “Where am I gonna be when I’m 15,20,25”?… I still do it. Now, sometimes when I’m worried and don’t really know why, I sit down and think of my actual life, where I’m at now, and how happy I am to be there, and OK…
    Also, I figured out that I easely get overwhelmed at the end of the day. everthing seem’s to be a big big mountain…Then, after a good nignt’s sleep, I get up and realize that all is well, not so bad after all…humm,, all those negative feelings for nothing!
    So, I like your question: “What will this matter in a year’s time?”…sounds familliar to me!
    Let’s keep our energy and spend time with the people we love.:) Thanks Christine, have a wonderful day…xxx


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