Stephanie had a computer problem today, so I’m posting this for her. Enjoy!
As I said last week, I’m in the midst of a move. This week I am in my new place, but in the midst of unpacking chaos. What that means is this will be another short blog. Hopefully, though, it will be thought provoking.
The other day I was having a conversation with my daughter-in-law. She was telling me about a mutual friend who texted her with complaints about his life. He can turn the happiest moments into reasons for depression. We laughed and said he didn’t have anything to complain about. Both of us have have lived through worse. In fact, some are happening now.
As we listed a few, I realized being content really is a choice. I can chose to dwell on the negatives of my life, such as being forced out of what I thought was my home or having to live on an extremely tight budget and being forced by circumstances to to live with my son and daughter-in-law. Or I can chose to see the positives of my life. I am starting over, I’m creating a new life and going forward into a new adventure. I have a special opportunity to truly get to know my daughter-in-law, creating a relationship that is a joy to both of us and will set the tone for our families for years. Best of all, I get to practice my faith every day, seeing so many instances of my God’s provision and care.
This principle is powerful. When I choose to see the positives, to be grateful and to acknowledge the good things in my life, I’m happier. I’m also more focused and make forward progress. When I dwell on the negatives and spend my attention on those things that aren’t quite right, I have no joy, very little focus and even less motivation. Each choice, to dwell on the negative or the positive, creates its own mini-spiral, drawing us deeper and deeper into that mindset.
Today I choose to see the great good in my life and enjoy this new chapter of my ongoing adventure. Won’t you join me?