Saturday, May 12, 2012

Balance Challenge - Magnify the Good

The secret of happiness and balance is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.

Attending a funeral today, I was deep thinking. Do you ever wonder what people will say about you at your funeral? My friend’s mother passed and although I didn’t know her well, I learned that she painted, loved horseback riding, playing the piano, adored her two daughters and high tea. As people stood to speak, sharing stories about her creativity, friendship, and kindness, I couldn’t help but cry. Clearly, she was a special mother and friend who was loved deeply.
Sometimes when you look around your life, it’s easy to see parts that aren’t flowing and out-of-balance.  There is always a current glitch. That’s life. The reality is that staring at your problems too long will only build disappointment and frustration. Remember that it’s what you choose to “mentally amplify” that makes the difference in your outlook. Attitude is everything. Pick a good one.
One of my favorite people

My challenge is to find blessings in every day. Magnify good health, family, and God’s provision. It’s easy to take for granted that our bodies work, family is near (driving us nuts), and there’s food in the pantry.  Don’t!

Why? Eventually you attend a funeral and are faced with the reality that life is short. Don’t waste time wallowing in troubles or focusing on negatives. Be a person who’s remembered for recognizing blessings and magnifying the good.
Five things I am thankful for:

1.    Health is GOOD! Lucas’s annual cardiology appointment went great.

2.     Mother’s Day with my favorite people is a big blessing.  

3.     Chicken Survivors Suzette and Junior are alive and laying eggs. I made my first quiche!

4.       Eighteen working days until summer break!

5.     I'm alive … and as my Mother always says, “Any day above ground is a good day!”

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