‘If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your estimate of it…and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.’ -Marcus Aurelius
Facebook decided to give me the Timeline feature the other day. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t thrilled about it at first. But, it’s turned out to be a good thing because I’ve had the opportunity to look back at years’ worth of status updates while updating my page. Enjoying the trip back in time.
Meanwhile I found the above quote from a few years ago and thought I’d share it here today.
What external stressors do you need to revoke right now? What are you looking at in a negative way?
You have the power to make the choice to erase that pain and replace it with positive thoughts and gratitude for the good things in your life.
So what are you waiting for? Change your perspective and watch your joy increase.
It’s amazing how many ups and how many downs are included in this little package we call life.
Some days you’re up, some days you’re down. Things can be going along perfectly fine and then, WHAM! All of that changes. It works the other way, too. You can be totally down on your luck and have something wonderful happen to you when you least expect it to.
Life is unpredictable and it really is quite the roller coaster ride. Every time I think I have it figured out, I’m reminded that I don’t have a clue as to what’s around the next turn. It can just come out of the blue. It doesn’t have to be anything specific or significant either. Just, ‘Hmm, what’s up with that?’
This made me smile when I read it, and I’ll explain why in a moment.
1 Corinthians 15 20But Christ has been raised to life! And he makes us certain that others will also be raised to life. 21Just as we will die because of Adam, we will be raised to life because of Christ. 22Adam brought death to all of us, and Christ will bring life to all of us. 23But we must each wait our turn. Christ was the first to be raised to life, and his people will be raised to life when he returns.
Notice anything in those verses that relates to everyday life? This is a fairly ‘roller coaster-esque’ couple of sentences if you think about it.
You have the highest highs – the promise of eternal life. You have the lowest lows – the fall of man. And, as an aside, you have a direct reference to the waiting that we all have to learn to do in between.
Something about this just gave me an added sense of peace as well as some perspective when I read it. There will be highs and there will be lows but through it all, God is in control.
I’d love to hear your take on this. Feel free to share your thoughts.
Perhaps you’re facing a difficult situation right now. Maybe you’ve been dealt a hand you feel isn’t fair or feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle. You’re looking at it as a bad deal, and one that doesn’t seem to have any upside to it.
No matter what it might be, the situations we encounter in our lives are neither good nor bad – they only become one of those two as a result of how we view them. Regardless of whether or not you’ve chosen your situation, you always get to choose how you look at it.