Checking into the hotel for a couple of last nights with the hubby during Spring Training, I turned a corner and ran into a woman who has been a dear friend for the majority of our years in the game. We spent a few hours talking. Talking about the experiences, stories and happenings over the years. When my children were young. And we were younger. We reflected on the past and lauded the people who have walked along with us.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).

It was such a blessing to spend time with my friend and reminisce about the past years in baseball. We talked about the amazing opportunities and crazy experiences. We focused on the blessings God had shown us along the way. We stayed away from the negatives. We guided our thoughts in positive and healthy memories. We thought about the whatevers. We spoke on the whatevers.

Don’t let negative and toxic thoughts keep you stuck in the past hurts, hardships, and hang-ups. Think on the whatever’s: true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy. Learn lessons from the past but keep your eyes fixated on the hope of God in our future. Reflect on things in the past but don’t ruminate on the negatives. Pursue the positives.

Sitting with my friend talking about the positives of our lives over the past 30 years was a great beginning to my next three busy, crazy baseball weeks. Transitioning into the baseball season thinking on the whatevers creates a positive foundation for the year.

Are you pursuing the positives? What are you thinking? What will you do today to think on the whatevers?