It is not what you go through but how you handle what you go through!

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I have a little plaque (above) that hangs in my bedroom that makes me smile everytime I read it.  When I saw it in a store in Indiana one summer I had to purchase it because it felt like great advice for me!

There are so many problems in our world, in our country, in our lives, in the lives of  beloved family and friends that threaten to break our spirit. But I have found and try to practice ( ‘try’ mind you) gratefulness for all the non problems, all the joys, all the good things, all the silver linings of the dark clouds, the unexpected surprises, the kindnesses around me…It helps me.  Sometimes I am successful.  Sometimes I am not and need a reminder.

So today I wanted to share the reminder that when people don’t “allow reality to ruin their day” ( and it can be a struggle at times ) and they appear to be happy and have it “all together”, maybe just maybe, they are focusing on the good and being grateful even in hard times.

Don’t judge by appearances.  Someone may be suffering that has a smile on their face.  Don’t compare yourself to others.  You don’t know what they have had to deal with.  There is so much beauty and hope even on the darkest of days.

What concerns me is in this world of social media that if a person posts wonderful things on their page then someone else might interpret that this person has a greater life in comparison to their own. Perhaps they are just trying to focus on what is right in their world instead of complaining about what is not.

Here’s to you and finding your own joy and surprises in your individual days…in spite of “reality”.

 

 

 

The Garbage Truck Theory

Love this story. Great reminder. Don’t let others moods turn yours sour!

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One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean he was really friendly. So I asked, ‘Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!’

This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, “The Garbage Truck Theory.” He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage…

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A song to ponder-The Face of Christ by Chris Rice

Do you ponder your life wondering why you have been so fortunate?  Knowing that you didn’t do anything to merit the blessings you have received?  Or do you feel angry for the lot you have been given?  When I listen to  the following song, it moves me…to compassion, to gratitude…to a desire to understand others and myself.

(I find that I love songs with a story to tell.  I am drawn towards ballads.  I love the spirit, youthfulness, creativity and compassion of the story teller/singer/lyricist….Chris Rice.)

The Face of Christ by Chris Rice

He shares a room outside with a dozen other guys
And the only roof He knows is that sometimes starry sky
A tattered sleeping bag on a concrete slab is His bed
And it’s too cold to talk tonight, so I just sit with Him instead and think

How did I find myself in a better place
I can’t look down on the frown on the other guys face
Cause when I stoop down low, look Him square in the eye
I get a funny feeling, I just might be dealing with the face of Christ

After sixteen years in a cold, gray prison yard
Somehow His heart is soft, but keeping simple faith is hard
He lays His Bible open on the table next to me
And as I hear His humble prayer, I feel His longing to be free someday

How did I find myself in a better place
I can’t look down on the frown on the other guys face
Cause when I stoop down low, look Him square in the eye
I get a funny feeling, I just might be dealing with the face of Christ

See you had no choice which day you would be born
Or the color of your skin, or what planet you’d be on
Would your mind be strong, would your eyes be blue or brown
Whether daddy would be rich, or if momma stuck around at all

So if you find yourself in a better place
You can’t look down on the frown on the other guys face
You gotta stoop down low, look Him square in the eye
And get a funny feeling, you just might be dealing

How did I find myself in a better place
I can’t look down on the frown on the other guys face
Cause when I stoop down low, look Him square in the eye
I get a funny feeling, I just might be dealing with the face of Christ

With the face of Christ
With the face of Christ, yeah

With the face of Christ, yeah
With the face of Christ

Sun and Snow

I find myself surrounded by sun now….escaping the snow for a season.  I miss my Northwoods.  The freshness…the serenity….the beauty.  But the sun….. the sun and the feel of water in the pool, walking unimpeded by ice or wind….the pulse and energy of people all around and here too,  the quiet of our own little place…nestled together, husband and wife after many years of caregiving….giving care to each other.  As they say….”the best of both worlds”.