It is an absolutely beautiful day. The sun is shining and I hear birds singing. There is a little breeze blowing and the temperature is probably in the low 70’s. I can see some fabulous flowers blooming from my window. Who could ask for anything more!
Oh, I am so very grateful that my husband and I each have work that we like and therefore, the money to put food on the table, a roof over our heads and the transportation that we need. But, more importantly, it allows for me to enjoy this glorious day. It does matter if you take the time to look around and take in all of the beauty that you can see. It gives you such a feeling of peace and love and a real appreciation of everything that is just sitting there for you to enjoy. And it puts you into a frame of mind that allows you to want to share your happiness and gratefulness with others.
I think that is why I am so enjoying my time writing these blogs and sharing my experiences with others. My realization has been that we all have hard times and tough things with which to deal in our lives. If you enjoy each day and appreciate all that it gives to you, it doesn’t take long to realize that all of the good things far outweigh the bad or hard times – if that is what you choose for yourself.
By your own choice, you have the opportunity to focus on the positive things in your life. When you have a problem with which to deal, you can address it, choose a course of action and follow that course. You can put your energy into overcoming the tough things that come your way and you can muster the strength in order to fight the fight. But, you also can choose to wallow in self-pity and focus on the bad things or the tough times instead. You can keep saying, “Why me?” and focus all of your energy on feeling badly and concentrating on how life has handed you a bad hand to play.
For me, I chose to take the hard things in stride, face them, deal with them and then try to find out what I could learn from them. In my writings and sharing my tough times with others, I am hearing from those who have either gone through the same things or have been supportive of others who have experienced the same. And the one thing that shows up over and over is that all of them have a very positive attitude. They tell me how much they appreciate my sharing, how it helps them, how it helps others and that I am such a wonderful example to others for the work that I am doing. And I am sitting here saying, “Whoa!” These people are awesome. I know so many people who haven’t faced what I would call a tough day in their lives and they don’t have a bit of appreciation for anything.
Then I started to wonder, was that the way that I used to be? Is that the reason that I’ve had to have the experiences that I’ve had? I know that the answer is no. But, I also know myself well enough to know that if that had been the reason; I would rather go through the tough times to learn about living than to never have the tough times that resulted in my having an appreciation for the wonder of life.
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