#299: Being Positive and Grateful Takes Practice
Monday, April 26, 2010
A rebellious teenager, a car on its last legs, the loss of a job, or in my recent case, a broken computer. All serious problems on their own that will not automatically change for the better simply because we practice being grateful for the difficulties and seek the positives in the problems.
"Joyful are they who can perceive problems as projects, difficulties as opportunities and troubles as challenges." William Arthur Ward
Recently I have been beset by untimely car repairs, house plumbing repairs and now the past few days, with computer repairs. All costly and inconvenient. The computer was the most difficult of the problems to handle because I had to scurry around town to the library and to our neighborhood center and use one of theirs within their limited available hours. To top it off, I didn't have the funds on hand for the computer's repairs or for a new one if it came to that.
But my faith that all things would work out somehow never wavered. Although the computer still has a couple of glitches, I can now sit at home and use it at my convenience. As for the repair cost, a friend loaned me the money to pay for them, knowing I will be able to pay him back soon from an editing assignment I received two days ago. Plus, knowing the situation, the computer repairman cut his normal fee in half. Praise the Lord for these small miracles!
So, yes, times are hard for many of us but that is no reason to stop looking for the positives in our lives and practicing being grateful for our difficulties.
Doing so will not automatically temper the angry teenager's mood or turn the broken down clunker into a new model or make a job or a new computer suddenly appear, but, really, what is the option, to wallow in despair and self-pity?
For me, I prefer to look to the heavens and trust with my mind, my heart and my soul that the problems will resolve themselves to our advantage. Sure, the difficulties we face are real, but so is faith and belief that things will be better and work out for the best.
Being positive and grateful does take practice. But in my opinion it is time well spent.