So have you thought about your horrible day from yesterdays blog? I hope so. Yesterday I said you thought you knew which days I was talking about, but are you sure? I asked what we’re supposed to do about our “horrible days,” are you ready for the answer? It might make you angry, but isn’t meant to do so. It’s made to make you think. Here’s the answer: refocus. Reframe your thoughts and priorities. Think about things in a different light. Too vague for you? Then let’s go through that day again, but with a different viewpoint.
You woke up! You are alive and breathing! That’s a pretty great start in my book. You woke up in a bed, not the floor in a dirt hut, not in a box in an alley. You have electricity and own electronic gadgets that are luxurious items in other parts of the world (heck, even some places in this country). You have a kitchen, a cabinet and dishes. Shelter, amenities and finery. You don’t share a single communal cup with your family and friends. You have coffee. You have clean, uncontaminated (generally) water. You have grocery stores and the means to buy what you want (or at least what you need). You don’t have to start a fire, boil water, etc, you simply push a button. You have hot running water (generally), a bathroom–probably private, almost certainly indoors–soap, shampoo, lotions, etc. You have clean clothes or at least an assortment of clothes and the means to clean them at will. You have food and milk on-hand thanks to refrigeration. You can’t remember ever missing a meal because it wasn’t available (not because you were to busy). You have a car. You have freeways and paved roads and civilization (even if there is a lack of civility). You have a job to go to, and it’s most likely in an office or has an office attached. It’s probably heated, cooled and has a lunch room or vending machine and water fountain. You think to yourself that you are so blessed with all these things that you are walking on air, ready to just smile at and uplift the first person you come in contact with! The tone of the day is set in stone….it would take a horrible catastrophe to knock the wind out of your sails.
Have you ever had one of those days? Do you see what can happen when we turn things around? When we count our blessings instead of our inconveniences? When we focus on what really matters instead of the little speed bumps life will always throw at us?
Most (sadly, not all) of us in this country are blessed with so much more than we generally think about. We take our conveniences and niceties for granted. I know not necessarily all of these examples apply to all of us, but you get the idea. You don’t have to agree with me or change your viewpoint, but I think if you considered a few of these thoughts, maybe your days would be a bit brighter.
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
“Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.” Psalm 40:5