A Better Life

What a beautiful morning to be alive. No, the weather isn’t perfecr, although the temperature is lovely. The sky is somewhat overcast, but I began my day early this morning As I seem to do more often As I get older. 

 As I sit here drinking my cup of coffee, I marvel in the small gifts we’ve been given in this life. So many gifts. Even those with much less than me have something to be grateful for and that makes me smile. Just the thought that the less fortunate can be so grateful for what they have in this life. Yet there are so many with more than I have who are always wanting and expecting more. They are never satisfied with what they have simply because they are searching for happiness in materialistic items instead of seeing the true blessings which surround them daily.

I have been richly blessed. I have a truly loving family, a home to live in which always requires some maintenance or another, good on my table and clothes on my back. I wouldn’t say I couldn’t use a little more of this or that, but we have what we need. Truly, in the darkest times, God always provides for us.

Recently, hubs and I went to a Cardinals game and as we were headed home, a panhandler was approaching cars. One look at her and you could see that something was not right with her. Hubs and I talked about her misfortune. How sad for her because she was someone’s child, possibly sister or mother. Now she was there in the streets begging for money. I prayed for her. She did not approach our car, as the light turned, but my heart ached for her. 

Most of the time in our city, we are panhandlers in the same spot. They get in and out of a van and scam people on the same street corners, but my heart told me this was different. U felt that the best thing I could do for her though, was pray. Other cars had given her something. I pray she got some good and didn’t drink it or buy drugs with the money she got. 

The old saying goes, everyone has something. My thought is that this is more true than one realizes. Over the summer, when in was so sick, there were several times in was afraid I would die because I didn’t feel like I was getting any better. I can’t imagine having something worse, but there are many loving with much worse. So today, I choose to cherish my life and make the most of my days, each day. Life is so short and only God knows when he will call us home. I’m a very different person now than I was last year at this time.

Now, go out and make the most of today. Don’t let a day go by without seeing or talking to those you love. Let them know they have impacted your life. They may not know it. Don’t let another day go by without doing that one thing that you’ve been putting off forever. Take the trip, eat the cake, but if nothing else, tell them you love them and don’t end on a sour note.

Another Day of Gratitude

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Starting each day with a grateful heart may seem like reaching for the impossible dream, but I can guarantee you it is not.  Too often, we are surrounded by such negativity that we end up drowning in it as well.  For this very reason, I have made the conscious decision to begin each day being grateful for all the special gifts I have been blessed with. Spreading the positive emotions around are easier when you start your day this way.  Not easy, necessarily, and certainly not fool proof, but easier.  Like I’m always saying, I’m a work in progress. I know if you have read my blog before you know I’m already a fairly positive person, but I struggle with depression.  I struggle with being surrounded with negativity.  I finally decided to make the most of my own gifts and spread the love, so to speak.  When we are kind to one another, others seem to be kind in return.  When we are positive, it is harder for the negative people to remain negative towards us and towards others that they meet.

Today, like most work days, I was in my positive state of mind.  I was not only positive, I was also in a position to ask for help to learn about my job.  I am still very green in my position at the clinic and I have so much that I need to learn there.  Mostly, it’s the computer training.  I asked and asked today, all the while laughing and making some rather clever comments along the way.  It wasn’t until late this afternoon that another girl I work with commented and commended me for being so positive and upbeat.  What a joy to hear such a compliment!

My response was to acknowledge the compliment, thank the person who gave me the compliment and then she and I really got to chatting.  It was the end of the day, luckily.  Usually, when we are given a compliment, we simply don’t know how to take it and back off from it never knowing what to say. For goodness sake, just say thank you! That’s really simple and that’s what is expected of you! Shockingly simple!

Sometimes a compliment like that can be an icebreaker.  We spoke of negativity vs. positivity and how it’s just so much nicer to surround yourself with the latter.  Shower others with kindness too.  Don’t do it because you expect something in return, although you will get back much more than you give more often than not.

I’m grateful for my family and friends.  I am grateful for my fellow bloggers.  I am grateful for my life and the fact that I get to wake up every day, at least so far I haven’t had a problem with that one.  I’m grateful for the gifts that God has bestowed on me.  I am just so grateful! So, my challenge to each of you is to fill your heart with kindness first towards yourself, then be grateful.  See how the positive energy changes your life.

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