What do you see?

I wanted to just write something quick tonight because it has been a while since I have written a post.  These three beautiful little girls of mine are keeping me very busy and lately by the time I have a moment to write I am finding it very hard to keep my eyes open.  I have not disappeared, I have just taken a step back to allow myself some time to slow down and relax.  It is very important for my mental health that I don’t push myself too far.  I am all for pushing myself and challenging myself, but I have limits and when it comes to my mental health, they need to be followed.  This is just a side note, but a life lesson that I find extremely important.

With this said I wanted to write about something I think about often.  What is it that you see when you look out into the world?  Do you see bad people, traffic, hunger, war, long lines at the store, and hardships?  Or do you see the good, loving hearts, opportunity and abundance of beauty in the world?  You see, there are all of the things that I mentioned, but it is up to you as to what you are choosing to focus your attention on.

As an anxiety sufferer all I saw was the darkness in life.  To me everything was hard, and each hard thing made the next thing harder.  It was a vicious cycle that left me waiting for a break.  The truth is life is hard, but how you handle it will determine whether each of life’s challenges will make you stronger, or if they will only beat you down even more.

For year’s I let life beat me down.  I was angry.  No one understood how I was feeling and no one was helping me.  I hated that there were thorns on rose bushes!

When I finally decided to focus on the good around me it was life changing.  I was overwhelmed by the good in the world.  That man that waved me on to go at the stop sign, the woman who complimented my well behaved children at the supermarket, that young boy who held the door for an older lady, the spectacular roses amongst the thorns, all of these little beautiful moments taking place right before my eyes.  They are incredible.

If you allow yourself to look for the good in life you won’t have to look long or far.  It is everywhere.  You want to make a quick change in your life today?  Look for 5 things that make you smile.  I guarantee it won’t take long.

1- Listening to the football game in my den where my husband is excitedly watching his favorite team play.

2- My playroom that I am sitting in is really clean right now, which is not always the case.

3- I just got off the phone with my very pregnant, very excited sister who I love talking to and whose baby I can’t wait to meet.

4- There is a picture on my desk of my middle daughter with my nephew sitting on the the creepiest Easter Bunny’s lap, and the picture makes me laugh.

5- The dishwasher has already been loaded so I can now go right to bed 🙂

The world is what you make it to be.  I choose beauty and I choose life.

 

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