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”.