There is no "kind of thinking" beyond selfishness or ignorance that may particularly be deemed sinful. Because we are made in his image, all of these feelings can hold an honest context, especially considering the Passion and Beatitudes.
I'd be very skeptical of people who encourage rejection of what they consider "bad vibes" without citing a particular sin, and the tools they may or may not have to deal with it.
And when imposing this upon others, it goes completely contrary to the command to love our enemies. The shrugging of "vibes" is something I commonly associate with scapegoating.
The only kinds of thinking that do qualify are particular sins. In this case we're probably referring to dispair, envy;'probably a mixed bag... But that's what the drama's for :0] to sort it out.
That's why he allows the chess game to begin with. It may not always be joyous, but it must always be heroic, insofar as we can manage.
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
A really good friend of mine told me that whenever something really gets to her, she steps back and takes some time to consider if whatever it is will really matter in 3-5 years from now. That really helps put things things in perspective sometimes.
There are many good, positive, and motivational phrases out there.. here are a few;
"winners never quit,,and quitters never win"..
"you miss 100% of shots( or opportunities) you don't take"
"everyday you have a chance to be better than the day before"
we just have to make a commitment to not let the "little" things in life become Big obstacles.
I just read a book titled Understanding, Eliminating Stress and Finding Serenity in Life and Relationships. Your mood is based exactly on how you think.
Your thoughts won't hurt you unless you let them. It's when people get caught up in their own thought system which is a function or an ability and not a reality. Your thinking is yours alone and other's have their own and each one of us sees the world in different ways. Thinking is a function or an ability, not reality.
If you don't like what your thinking, stop thinking about it. Natural thinking increases good mood. When you have to work on it, you become unhappy and usually stems up from our thought processes and all the negativities and egos and judgements, etc., and we have to readjust our software to start thinking differently.
I know, it might not make sense, but it was a good read all the same:)
This is in contrast to Epictetus's somewhat deceptive opinion on the matter. We cry as children when we fall down. We laugh loudly in the face of our silent humility; And we turn tables at the rape of our father's house. ... 'Not necessarily because of a fraudulent outlook, but because... we are made in his image :0]
I would ask:
"Why should we quit?"
"Why should we take this shot now?"
"How should I be better today?"
We use military metaphors within the church because there is a war to be fought, a true perspective to be taken, that continues through to judgement day.