Peace, joy, and happiness are your birthright.
As long as you can keep this thought uppermost in your mind, you’ll stay on the right path.
Every time a roadblock appears, remind yourself. You don’t have to be in control of each moment, just the way you respond to it. This is the challenge. You have to keep the gratitude rolling, no matter what happens externally.
It’s tougher some days than others. There are days when it feels like you should have stayed in bed. But how we meet those hard days is the real test.
If you make the effort to “stay positive”, you’ll get through and find that the detour you didn’t plan on might just be a shortcut to where you really need to be.
Stop yourself a couple of times today. Think about how you’ve reacted to external events. Are you able to embrace every change in plan that presents itself to you? And can you do this in a spirit of thankfulness, knowing that each of these events has a purpose?
Can you remember a time when something changed your plans, and you ended up much better off? Keep that thought close, to remind yourself that you don’t know what will happen today, but that it WILL work toward your best interest.
If you can allow that it’s possible that “bad things” can have a positive impact, you’re halfway there.
Keep the spirit of gratitude close to your heart. Be ready to experience joy at any moment. And remember that you are a lighthouse, shining love to all around you, every day, all the time.
And have a spectacular day today!
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With Grace and Gratitude,
Everyone has the light of the world inside them. Full stop. Period.
We just have to get out the glass cleaner and wipe away the film of grunge that’s coloring our view.
Here’s an example from my “every day life”.
There’s a lady I work with who drives me crazy.
She’s a nice lady.
She’s a few years away from retirement, has had higher paying, more stressful jobs in the past. Now she’s just marking time until she hits that magic age when she’s got medical insurance that her Social Security will pay for.
The part that drives me crazy is silly, too.
Because I craft, I keep a small project with me all the time, and I work on my current needle-felting critter while I’m on the phone. I do this to retain what little sanity I have left, and to prevent myself from chewing on my fingernails.
Some days I work on my felted masks. Right now I’m building a wooly orange octopus. But it’s always something.
And I’m pretty self-contained. I don’t require a lot of interaction from the people I work around or with. But Peggy does.
She will ask me daily “What are you working on?” ” What did you do last night?” “What are your plans for the weekend?”. And on and on.
It drives me crazy (admittedly, a short trip).
But yesterday, I was thinking about Peggy. And in a flash of brilliance, the answer was handed to me. She’s lonely.
She lives with her little dog. That’s it. So while she may be financially comfortable, she doesn’t have many friends. She doesn’t ever talk about her family. She apparently doesn’t have the skills to make friends easily, but she’s trying.
In that moment, I realized how rich I really am – not in dollars, but in family. I’ve got my husband of 21 years. I’ve got my 16 year old son. I’ve still got a brother who stays in touch, and a sister who doesn’t really. I’ve got one Aunt, who I talk to pretty regularly, and a bunch of cousins all over the country. And, I’m one of those lucky people who can talk to just about anyone. About pretty much anything.
I am blessed beyond compare. And I need to be kinder and more gentle with Miss Peggy. Because we all need each other, and how we treat every person around us makes a difference.
Do you have a person at work who makes you crazy? Can you be a little kinder, a little gentler today?
Make a difference. Count your blessings. And cut your neighbor a little slack.
Because you don’t know what their trials may be, and you don’t need to add to them.
Have a blessed day today!
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With Grace and Gratitude,
My mistaken perceptions are the real problem.
Without those skewed views of what’s happening around me and to me, I can begin to see through the fog of “problems” to the reality of the grace, beauty and love that I actually live in.
There’s only one person in the world who can change your attitude.
There’s only one person in the world who can change your situation.
There’s only one person in the world who can change your reactions.
That person is you.
You ARE the only person in control of your life, your attitude, your situation.
YOU are in charge of your perceptions. YOU can change how you react to the challenges of daily life. That is your power. You can choose to exercise it, or you can stay stuck in the same old rut. Or, you can choose to give that power to someone else.
People who spend their lives blaming someone else for all their problems have a couple of basic issues to address: The first thing is that we each have a responsibility to make ourselves the best person we can be, and the second is that as long as we continue to re-hash every bad thing that’s ever happened, we’re giving that experience and our faulty perception of it a larger and larger amount of our power.
So, the bottom line is that, yes, bad things may happen. But we are each responsible for how we allow those things to affect us. We each have a responsibility to make the better choice, the choice of love, forgiveness, and kindness.
Today, as you go about your daily routine, be aware of your reactions to the events of the day. Monitor yourself, and when you find yourself reacting in that old, familiar way, stop yourself. Clear your head, and figure out what’s REALLY going on.
You may be surprised to find something completely different is going on, and this is your golden opportunity to create positive change. Instead of buying into the prevailing view, find the possibility of blessing.
Stand out from the crowd today!
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With Grace and Gratitude,
There’s a light on already!
Our preconceived notions change what we are able to see.
If we let our ego guide us, that little demon will take us to a very dark place, indeed.
But if we remind ourselves that WE are in charge of HOW we perceive everything around us, the light starts to penetrate the fog.
Here’s an example: My husband (of 21 years) is laid off from work due to the Corona virus pandemic. He’s a handy guy, loves to fix and build stuff. When we bought the house we’re living in, it had no electricity and only cold running water. It was built by an Amish couple who sold it when they moved back to Pennsylvania.
So, the plan was that we’d buy it and fix it up, knowing that Jim and our son Tyler could do all the work to modernize.
Three years into our grand plan, we still have a long way to go.
We do have electricity in most of the house. We do have hot running water in the shower. So we’ve made progress.
Three or four days ago, I asked Jim to switch the light over the bathroom sink. I purchased a nice 3 light fixture a year or so ago,and it’s been waiting to get installed ever since. I figured there’s a fixture there, he could put the nice one up without too much effort.
Came home from work that day, and instead of putting the bathroom light in like I’d asked, he’d spent the day outside in the garden and in the barn (just like the last three weeks). Then, just as I drove in from work, he and Tyler took off with the trailer to get a load of hay for the horses.
I was teed.
He’s been home now for almost a month, and I’m still waiting on all the projects that need done in the house. I had even asked nicely!
By the time they got back, I was in bed and mostly asleep,so I never said anything. I was still pretty aggravated, though. During the day, I thought about it some more and decided that it just wasn’t worth being mad about. Sooner or later it’ll get done. So I let it go.
A couple of days go by, and while chatting after I’d come home yesterday, Jim mentioned that he wasn’t feeling very energetic and had been pretty tired for a couple of days. I gave him the highlights of my day on the phone at work, and asked what he’d got done. He said “Not much, and sure not as much as I wanted.” I could tell he was feeling pretty rough.
At this point, I was really glad I hadn’t made a big deal out of a small thing!
Point being: If I’d listened to that “ego-demon” on my shoulder, I’d have made a big deal out of the fact that the light didn’t get installed. I’d have felt all self-righteous about it, too- after all, I’m working all day, right? Can’t he get up for an hour just to do ONE little thing?
But what would that have accomplished?
I’d still be mad, he’d also be mad, and we’d probably have had an argument. Is a darn light fixture THAT important? No. It would have been my ego, whispering that “If he REALLY cared, he’d have gotten this done. He doesn’t actually give a darn what YOU want.”
It was obvious that he felt ill, and honestly, there’s a lot of days when I’m too tired to get much done, either.
He did bring it up a day or so later, saying he was sorry he hadn’t got it done yet. My response? “Oh, well, sooner or later!”. And when that came out, I felt lighter, as though I’d let something heavy down, and let it go.
What a blessing! By just keeping my mouth shut for a day, I got to experience that feeling of forgiving, and it truly is like setting down a heavy load.
What are you holding onto, that’s keeping you tied down in the dark?
Let it go, and allow yourself the luxury of forgiveness. Drop your anger, fire your ego, and fly above the clouds into the light!
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With Grace and Gratitude,