Tending to your mental garden may be a weird term to call it, but it’s exactly what it is.
In a regular garden, you must choose what plants you want to grow, tend to those plants by using the right soil and water content. You must dig out weeds, eliminate pests and, with patience and love, you’ll reap the rewards.
It’s the same with your mind. Your thoughts are the seeds you plant in the garden of your mind. You water those thoughts by repeating them whether internally or saying aloud. It can be thoughts like ‘I’m so stupid’ or ‘Today is great!’ both will grow the same if you water them with your attention. The weeds are your opposing thoughts, whether it be ‘I’m actually pretty smart’ or ‘I hate life’. The weeds are the views and thoughts that oppose the current ones you wish to grow, whether positive or negative.
And of course, with enough time, you’ll reap the rewards of your hard work. You’ll end up exactly how it was planned. So if you watered the negative thoughts over the last month or more, you’ll see how dreadful life is and come to actually hate it as much as you said you did. But, if you watered the positive thoughts, dug out the negative weeds and continued forward despite what bad may come your way, you’ll see the fruits of your labour through a more positive attitude.
The attitude in itself is the foundation for the rewards to come. It’s like having a special nutrient-rich soil that makes positive thoughts grow 50x faster. Positive attitude + positive thoughts = positive rewards.
Not saying you’ll always have positive moments just because you think positive, but it’s infinitely better than negative thinking in the same situation. Negativity only makes things worse than it already is, it never makes a situation better by thinking of the worst and putting yourself and others down.
Positive thinking, a positive attitude on the other hand can, and probably will reverse a negative situation you may be in. At the very least it’s better than the other option.
So start taking care of that mental garden of yours, one positive thought at a time.