I, for one, have been very fortunate in my life to experience so many wonderful things. Yes, there has been some ups and downs, rocky times, but through it all I have been thankful for what has come my way.
I think in life we have a choice to see things as “the cup half full” or “the cup half empty”! Feeling as if one has been continually short changed is stressful and exhausting. After awhile it can be difficult to see anything in a positive light even if you are stumbling right over it. And, happiness eludes us, operating in another world.
I believe there is something to be learned in any situation no matter what! Whether you gain a new friend or simply bounce off a trying experience by being exposed to new boundaries, it can affect your life as never before. In some cases, it can be just knowing that making it through the journey brings a sense of accomplishment.
“Taking the high road” instead of wallowing in blame can be the difference between feeling down and frustrated or good about oneself. It is so easy to fall into the trap of pointing the finger elsewhere. And, “knee jerk” attack can easily breed an accelerated defense mechanism and increase emotional reactions. However, when involved in a controversy, validating a person’s thought process by simply trying to understand can sway a situation toward a more amiable result. It is good to remember that you can’t take words back once they are “out there” so to error on the side of truly “listening before speaking” can sometimes save the day.
I am surrounded by a large and ever growing family….and feel lucky to have so many precious friends. That supports my foundation in life as it is a window into myself. I value each opportunity to spend time with each person and create memorable experiences. We all don’t think alike but, I believe, the diversity is our strength and each brings another dimension to the table.
Each adventure or incident has taught me to appreciate the journey as I meander through this crazy life. My faith helps me to bridge the gaps during trying times and hardships. I know there is a purpose to everything, even if we can’t see it in each moment. I am continually praying for strength and asking for strong arms to hold me steady through unforeseen obstacles in order to feel grounded.
With so much debate and wrangling floating all around us, it can be more difficult than ever to see the good but we simply must in order to reap any benefits at all. There are those in the world that have no choices at all (including food, medicine or even a roof over their heads) and we have so very much. There are miracles everywhere we look, even in the wonders of nature or the touch of a hand. They must not pass us by unnoticed because we are so bogged down by the junk around us that draw us in. We must realize that politics and media have their own playing rules….and we have the freedom to have our own. We must do what we can within our power to maintain positivity and a solid value system. The alternative is to be sucked into the doom and gloom and the muck.
So, take a deep breath and look around. Stop just long enough to take a mental inventory of all the great and amazing things you hold most dear in your life. There is so much wonder, beauty and special moments happening right before our eyes. What a blessing in itself! If we all let the sediment sink to the bottom and turn our focus on the beauty and what is going right the sense of peace will lighten our load enough to see through the haze and soak in all that is good! Close your eyes and take a deep breath…….feel the difference! We are all truly blest!