There is a calendar in the ladies' room of the second floor co-ed staff lav where I work. It's been February for about a week now but it was just this morning when I looked below the photo of the pretty winter landscape to read the quote there:
"Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." Charles Dickens
Is anyone not familiar with the biography of Charles Dickens? Here's an excerpt I googled:
"Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, the son of John and Elizabeth Dickens. John Dickens was a clerk in the Naval Pay Office. He had a poor head for finances, and in 1824 found himself imprisoned for debt. His wife and children, with the exception of Charles, who was put to work at Warren's Blacking Factory, joined him in the Marshalsea Prison. When the family finances were put at least partly to rights and his father was released, the twelve-year-old Dickens, already scarred psychologically by the experience, was further wounded by his mother's insistence that he continue to work at the factory. " www.victorianweb.org/aut
Now, I have always had an optimistic bent, almost what some may call a Pollyanna paradigm. But the truth is, if God is indeed in control (which He is), and is sovereign (ditto), and He loves us (also true) and works all things together for our good (same here) - then we really should all, at least we Christians, be incurable optimists. Furthermore, we should be the most grateful of all people because we KNOW these things to be true.
I am grateful I did not have the painful past that Dickens had. But as he said, we all have SOME "past misfortunes." But let's not dwell on them! Let's instead focus on whatever blessings we may find each day.
We have a snowstorm going on here right now. But the temperature is about 30 degrees, and the snow is PERFECT for packing. It is sitting very prettily upon the branches of the trees, and my grandkids are having a great time playing out in it. I suppose eventually I'll have to shovel because my son-in-law got rid of the snowblower (I thought it was new - no, he'd bought it cheap used, and got his money's worth before it died) - but I've been keeping up with my exercise, so if I take it a little at a time, I'll have a good cardio and strength workout for the arms, a nice change from the bike and dumbbells. What blessings!
a glimpse of my granddaughter and the dogs through the lacy branches