Grace Willing Workers get tips on reinforcing positive thinking

Brenda Robinson presented the program, “How to Get Rid of Stinkin’ Thinkin’,” at the recent Grace Willing Workers Extension Homemakers meeting and luncheon. The meeting was held at the Centennial Fellowship Church in White Hall.

Robinson opened her program by quoting Henry Ford. “If you think you can do a thing, or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” Negative thoughts are the only thing standing between us and success. Negative thoughts also known as “Stinkin’ Thinkin’ ” can paralyze a person with fear, insecurity, and bitterness.

Robinson gave some examples of “Stinkin’ Thinkin’ “:

• All-or-Nothing” thinking — Some people think they must win, must have the most, and must be perfect.

• Overgeneralization — This person uses words like always and never.

• Ignoring the positives and obsessing on the negatives. By doing this a person reinforces “Stinkin’ Thinkin’ “.

• “Catastrophizing” — Blowing things out of proportion, while minimizing your own skills.

• Mind reading — Assuming negative reactions and judgement from others.

• Fortune Telling — Predicting the worst outcome

• Having a “should” problem — Using statements such as “I should have” or “She should have”

• Using labels — “I ‘m stupid”

• Blame — “It’s all my fault.”

Robinson then discussed ways to overcome “Stinkin’ Thinkin’, which included keep on trying; do not obsess on the negatives; do not blow things out of proportion; do not assume you know the feelings of others and tell them what their feelings are, stop assuming the worst; lose the negative labels which help no one; and don’t play the blame game.

Robinson concluded her program by stating that “life is a journey full of choices.” The choice is yours to get rid of negative thinking.

Debbie James, club president, conducted the business session. Many people took part in the December workshop, “Treats From the Kitchen”. Dixie Fritz demonstrated her cotton candy fudge. Other people demonstrating were Verneita Self, banana roll-ups; Marynell Cardin, peanut brittle, crock pot candy and Martha Washington candy; Kaye Richardson, 5-pound fantasy fudge; Sabrina Self-Gwin, Hershey kiss cookies; Robinson, white chocolate popcorn; Debbie James, pink peanut patties; Sandy Smith, savory Ritz bits; Lynda Toler, toffee.

Liz Crosby brought fudge and turtle candy and gave each person attending her recipe. Lisa Crosby, daughter of member Liz Crosby, brought floody brownies and gave each person her recipe.

Many Grace Willing Workers members enjoyed a Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Council Fellowship Tour to Garvan Gardens. Those attending were Carolyn Harness, James, Liz Crosby, Lisa Crosby, Delores Kelley, Robinson, and Richardson. The group enjoyed eating out and shopping as well.

In other business, Kelley announced that the club will be collecting cereal for the Transformation Food Pantry in February. Nancy Rosen presented certificates and pamphlets on everyday exercises to the members of her Walk Across Arkansas team, Grace Go Getters.

Hostesses for the soup luncheon were Bettye Johnson, Linda Murray and Joyce Johnson. The club celebrated its 20th birthday that day with a special decorated birthday cake as well as an Italian creme cake made by Mary Ann Kizer, adviser.

Several crafts were shown. Betty Lacy showed a sock snowman that she had made. Robinson showed a glove containing microwave popcorn and Johnson described a peppermint dish that she had received for Christmas.

Special guests were Tamieka Shelby, niece of Juanita Cook, and Kizer, family and consumer sciences agent for Jefferson County. Shelby was welcomed as a new member of Grace Willing Workers.