Saturday, September 29, 2012
A Thousand Tears - Happy Birthday, Mom! I miss you so much!
The last material gift she gave me was a beautiful picture of pink roses with the words from the Serenity Prayer inscribed on it. "God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change...Courage to change the things I can and Wisdom to know the difference". I hung that picture on a wall in my bedroom. There's not a day that goes by that I don't recite those words and think of my mother ...her faith...her strength and the unconditional love and encouragement she gave me.
Life is all about choices. When you first opened your eyes this morning, did you give thanks for another day, for the gift of sight and hearing, for the laughter that resonates from down the hall or for the smell of hot coffee brewing in the kitchen just waiting for you to enjoy? Okay, so right there in that 30 second time span you could have already conjured up anywhere from five to ten things to be thankful for. Never mind that the laughter quickly turned into shouting or you forgot to pick up the creamer for your coffee, or that you didn't get nearly the amount of sleep required to keep you from turning into a cranky grouch. Never mind that you kept waking up because your back hurt or you had some other ache or pain. Or maybe you woke up to an empty house and maybe you've been that way--single--for a month or ten years. Did you give thanks for the peace that can come with that and the relaxation? You can always find the good in any situation if you just look hard enough. Or, you can choose to focus on the bad, the negative. If you allow yourself to stay in that dark place long enough, before you know it you will be traveling down that lonely corridor of your mind where your final destination is 'Self-pity-ville'. Come on now, you know that place...that place we've all visited from time to time...where everything looks dark even on a sunny day. That place where it's easy to get lost until we can't find our way out...that place where we can easily get stuck...a place where we have all the time in the world to count all the hundreds of reasons we have to cry those thousands of tears.
The Bible talks about that place in many different ways. But my favorite verse tells us how to not live in that dark negative place. It is Philipians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
So my friends, start counting the blessings one by one in your life. Sometimes the road seems a little too rough to go down, but keep both hands on the wheel and keep looking ahead. Stay focused on all the positives in your life. Show the world all the thousand reasons you have to smile and remember 'this too shall pass'.
Thank you mom, and Happy Birthday!
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