Happiness. Joy. Beauty. Peace.
These are qualities which are largely ignored in a world which dwells obsessively on sadness, ugliness, and chaos.
Truth is that there is more beauty than ugliness. There is more joy than sadness. There is more peace than chaos.
It all depends on choices. What do you choose to spend your time listening to, talking about, reading?
Do you wake up in the morning and complain about the long commute ahead of you or do you wake up and look out the window at the beauty of the sun’s golden rays gloriously shining between the trees?
Do you look at your children and snap at them for not having their book bags ready or do you take a moment to hug each of them and thank God that they are in your life (remember they grow up and move on to their own lives sooner than you can even imagine)?
Do you complain that your spouse forgot to take the trash out or do you stop and remember back to your wedding day and that precious love you entered into so many years ago?
We all have them. We can decide which actions we want to take.
We can either choose to be unhappy or we can choose to look out the window at the early morning sun and be happy that God has blessed us with another chance to try to better ourselves.
We can choose to hug our children and tell them that they are special, that they are precious to us.
We can choose to extend grace, love, and understanding to our spouse when he or she seemingly falls short of our own arbitrary expectations.
We can choose to look inward and evaluate our choices.
Joy, beauty, and peace can only be found when we choose to actively look for each of them.
The question asked often is whether the glass is half empty or half full.
I say it is half full.
It is a choice.
Happy Friday (or Saturday).
I choose to be happy. I choose to push through the negativity and smile as I watch the glorious sun rising above the tops of the pine trees each morning.
These days are blessings.
And I am thankful for these blessings.
Copyright 2020 Jenny W. Andrews