Life has many paths, kind of like the branches of a tree. I saw a FB post the other day from someone that I don’t even know that well. I do know that the author has some health problems that would defeat me, but she is always positive and cheerful. When I meet people, within a short time, I can tell who has had someone really love them in their life. People who have been loved behave and respond to the world differently. Those who have not received unconditional love, and physical and emotional nurturing, bear scars that manifest themselves in relationships. She is one of those people who definitely was loved, and her aura is that she is full of love to give, and not just to get something back. Lately, when I look at my life, I actually have to pinch myself to see that it’s real. I have been given many gifts in life. But they can only be gifts if I am in the frame of mind to receive them.
I think if we were to take an inventory of each of our lives, we could come up with an endless list of things that we blessed to have, lucky to have, happy to have. But for some, the struggles take center stage. Confronting the challenges and bad things that happen in life have a tendency to darken our life experience. We are always seeking comfort, seeking to avoid controversy, pain, suffering. That struggle makes the pain, suffering and controversy the main actor in life. Instead of looking at life with joy and the innocence of a child, we focus on the pain, the suffering and the controversy, instead of the beauty, the joy and the blessings. If I had it to over, I would:
Start each day with a gratitude list
Look for ways to find beauty in small things
Take life minute by minute, second by second instead of worrying about the past and the future
Step away from conflict to reflect on intentions
What would you do differently in your life?