‘You will have a hard time ever being happy if you aren’t thankful for the good things in your life right now.’
These words were included in an inspirational poster image I came across on Facebook the other day. Plenty of truth in them, no?
I mean, it makes sense when you really think about it. If we only look at what the seemingly bad things are, we’re sunk. Negative thoughts have power, just like positive ones do. But as the old phrase says, ‘Look on the bright side.’
Doesn’t mean things won’t get rough at times or that there won’t be reasons to be sad. It’s gonna happen. But making a conscious decision (you may need to remember to do this several times a day at certain points of your life) to acknowledge that while the skies might not be very clear, or even look completely cloudy…the sun is shining somewhere.
The stuff that has gotten you down is only keeping you there because you let it. So I encourage you today to focus on the sunshine, not the clouds. You have a lot going for you. Trust that God knows what He’s doing with your life, even when you don’t, and make the most of this awesome day you get to live and enjoy. Good things are coming to you 🙂
22 God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, 23 gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways.
So rain down, Holy Spirit and fill us with everything we need to possess all of the assets listed above. Thank you for loving us, God. Thank you for giving us these gifts that can stand up to anything that happens here on Earth.
Have a good day everyone.
A conversation yesterday reminded me of the importance of doing this. Being yourself is one of the best things you can do, and it’s one of the very few things you can control.
You can’t be something else, someone else, or some other form of anything other than yourself. Well, at least you can’t do any of those and expect to be truly happy or at peace.
So be yourself 🙂
It can be pretty scary to be yourself. I’ve struggled with this in my life and I’ve been a people pleaser more times than I care to count.
But as I have learned and am continuing to learn – don’t live to please other people. In the end, people won’t be who you answer to. All the people you pleased in your life really won’t matter when it’s all said and done. No one here on Earth has the right to judge you for who you are and what you do.
That doesn’t mean it’s an excuse to not be good to others. It’s not. But be yourself. Chances are if you never have or haven’t for a long time, you will feel extremely liberated and more than likely, happier once you’ve made that choice.
Have a good day.
As many people do this time of year, I’ve been thinking about the past 12 months as well as what’s ahead in the year to come.
2011 has been one crazy, crazy year.
I’ve seen stories of tragedy unfold, followed by strength and recovery. I’ve seen how love can overcome a lot in life. I’ve seen how faith is so important to everything. I’ve seen lives changed for the better and I’ve seen things not go so well in some cases. I’ve seen lives on Earth come to an end and have seen lives begin, too. I’ve seen reason for optimism and reason to think otherwise.
I’ve been up, I’ve been down. I’ve been blessed beyond belief with my health, the love of others, and a closer relationship with God. I’ve felt confident about my future and I’ve felt like just getting through another day was a challenge at times.
It’s been a roller coaster ride but I know all that has happened is exactly what was supposed to happen to this point. It’s life and I’m glad to be able to live it. I have so much to be thankful for right now and so much more to look forward to in life, and I couldn’t be more grateful for all of it.
So as I sit here counting the blessings I have and at the same time thinking about the things that are unresolved in my life, I know that my mission for 2012 is to not just think positive, but act it out too.
It’s time to start doing more to be happy instead of just hoping to be happy. Happiness really is a choice and so my resolution is to make that choice 🙂
I’m looking forward to good things in the coming year and I’m praying that God will bless all of us with peace, love, healthiness, and happiness in 2012.
Happy New Year everyone.