Life is not always what one wants it to be, but to make the best of it, as it is, is the only way of being happy.-Jennie Jerome Churchill
If my today were to be exactly how I would like it to be, it probably wouldn’t be much like the today I’m going to have. There would be much more free time in there, and there would be time for writing and reading and doing things that are more hobbies than work. A couple of the people who are in my life probably wouldn’t be in there, especially those who cause a great deal of strife and stress.
But my life is as it is, and while I can work my way towards my wants and towards making life what I would really like it to be, the fact is that today is here, and it is how it is. It has bumps and blemishes and great things and some things that aren’t so great. What will make this day truly positive or not, of course, is how I choose to see all of the elements of my own day, and what I choose to make of everything.
If I focus on the negatives and make the most out of them, then guess what my day’s going to be like? If I focus on the positives and make the most out of them, then guess what’s going to happen?
For better or for worse, life has given me many gifts. They probably aren’t the gifts that I would have asked for, and they probably all aren’t what I would see as positive, but here they are. I can make the best out of them and make my life into something that I truly will enjoy, or I can sit around and wish that my life were somehow better.
My life is up to me, isn’t it?
Questions to ponder:
1. Do you make the best out of everything that comes your way?
2. Why do so many people insist on trying to make their lives exactly what they think they should be? Are they able to do so?
3. What kinds of things in your life might be better for you and contribute to your happiness if you were to see them differently?
For further thought:
Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. -John H. Miller