Monday, May 14, 2012
We are told to count our blessings. I don’t know about you but some mornings I just can’t see them. Oh, I know they are there, dancing around me going “Needer, needer, needer, you can’t see us.” I have been blessed with so much. I am fortunate to have the amazing family I have. I won’t ever take them for granted, but I am so used to their amazing inspiration and love that it’s not a blessing that leaps right out at me. (Be patient, I’m going somewhere with all of this!!!) So I sat in the kitchen looking out the window and after a bit it dawned on me that the many blessings I have in my life came from the opportunities presented to me on a daily basis. It was up to ME whether I took advantage of them or let them pass by.
How often had I passed up a chance to learn, to grow, to see or do something new and took a pass because “I just didn’t feel like it?” I’m not talking about conflicts with work and such. I’m talking about a real opportunity that might create a bounty of blessings in my life? How many times do I weasel my way out of things because that opportunity might produce some discomfort for me to cause me to look at a behavior that isn’t very healthy? How often do I rationalize my way into making poor food choices when a little extra effort might be the start of an abundance of success? Instead I mope around and become envious or jealous of “the other guy.” I rationalize that they don’t have “my issues,” and oh, BTW, if God wanted me skinny he’d a made me that way. Just sayin……
I pulled out a legal pad and began to jot down the opportunities I’d have just for today. I filled half a page. There were thirteen things I could take advantage of between now and the time my head hits the pillow tonight that most definitely would lead to blessings in my life. The opportunities are there as well as the blessings. I get to make many choices throughout my day. If I take advantage of the ones that create health and balance in my life I am increasing my blessings tenfold. I can choose to eat healthy, to exercise, and to take advantage of learning something new….. The list goes on. If I don’t……….. well I know, I’m loved and all that and I am a good person who make mistakes but, uhm, maybe it only happens to me, but I don’t feel really happy when I miss an opportunity for no good reason other than my own stubbornness or pride. I feel sorta “off.”
So here’s to opportunity. It’s right in front of my nose and oh gosh it smells amazing.