I would say that I am a glass half full kinda guy. But, that glass can get half empty in a real hurry if things don’t go just right.
O.K.- let’s just say that I go and hop up on the scale. I have been working out all week and eating well and I am looking for a 4-6 pound loss for the week…. maybe this is a little ambitious, but certainly not out of the question. So- I hop and low and behold, a two pound gain. SHIT!!! ….Well, SHIT!! That sux!!! I wasted all that time, effort and mental anguish. Not even to mention that I didn’t have that cake!! So now what?
The thing is… it is SO easy for me to end up having a bad day. So easy for me to say SCREW IT- I think I’ll have some wings… not gonna make any difference anyway. SO easy for me to stop trying… stop fighting. Then, what happens the next morning??? It is just a little bit harder for me to get up and get going… a little harder for me to get to the gym.
This is the story of my life. And it doesn’t even have to be the scale. I mean, I could get in a fight with my wife… which I might add happened yesterday at 5am… I mean, WTH??? How do you do that at 5a.m.? BTW- I love her and think she is great- she just pissed me off momentarily… Or, I could have something happen at work and I could just EASILY move into a Twinkies/Doritos bender… I mean, this is NOT a stretch.
But then something happens. And this is the subject of my post today… something says to me that I need to thank God for all the things that I have. These two little boys that God has entrusted to me…. it is an awesome responsibility. Sure, I would love to have a nicer house, a better car than the crappy civic that I drive. I could have a better job and make more money and be more important… but if I want to stay on this path…. if I want to do my best every day… if I want to attack every day and make it the best that I can…. I have to show some gratitude!!!
Do you let the shitty things in life get the best of you?? Or do you roll with the punches? Get back up? Dust yourself off? Keep going? Work harder? Try harder? Eat better?
It is so easy to NOT move in the direction that makes our lives better. What do you do to flip that switch and CHANGE?
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
My wife came up with this one, so I have to give her all the credit- Here it is:
“Your thought for today, can become your mantra tomorrow, and a plan for the rest of your life. To get something you have never had, you have to do something you never did. When God takes something from your grasp, he is not punishing you. He is merely opening your hand to receive something better. The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.”
I have heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. So, the above is true… we have to do different things to try to change. This thought coincides with the thought that God is not going to give us anything that we can’t handle- with His help.
“Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and and our shield.”- Psalms 33:20