Wednesday, January 5, 2011
A friend recently posted a challenge on F*cebook...describe 2010 with one word. Here were some of the responses:
I also saw things like Thank God 2010 is over! Can't wait for 2010 to come to a close!
Its been weighing on my heart ever since I read those posts. To be completely honest, its shocking to me and terribly sad that someone would feel that way about an entire YEAR of their life. I would never lump a whole week together and say What a bad week...I'm so glad its over! And so I have to wonder...what is the difference? Is my life so free of problems that I never have a bad week or a bad year? Do I have things so easy while others have difficulty over difficulty?
Well, I DO think that God has blessed me, but I don't think He has picked my out as a "favorite". I think so much of it is simply about perspective and with that, contentment.
Its the strangest thing, but I attribute this contentment quest back to when I was working at the bank, back to the beginning when I was a teller. The weather is a hot topic with the customers, as you might imagine. During the winter months (and late fall and early spring) I would join right in with the complaining about the weather. Ugh...more snow?!? It is SO cold...I can't stand it THIS cold! Are we ever going to catch a break?? You know...the usual stuff.
One night I was walking out to my car to go home and it must have been especially cold because I was grumbling to myself. Suddenly I had a thought. I live in New England. Am I really going to complain and be miserable because of the weather for six months out of my life every year? That seemed like a waste to me. So, what are my options? Well, we could move, but Shaun doesn't like hot weather and both of our families are here. To me, that left the option of accepting what I cannot change and to STOP the endless complaining. I started to very deliberately look for good things about the winter and just be thankful to have that six months of my life.
Since then, I've been very deliberate at putting that into practice with other areas of my life. I don't want to waste a day of this fleeting life being unhappy or ungrateful. Life is hard and somedays it takes all the strength I have but I want to choose to find the good. I want to be happy...right here, today. I am far from mastering this attitude...it continues to be a daily decision.
WIll you choose it with me? Don't live with the attitude:
I'll be happy when...
Once such and such has happened, I'll be happy
I can't wait until...
Resolve in 2011 to pursue contentment. Make it one of your very top priorities to have a grateful heart. Think about that one word you want to use to describe 2011 and make it happen.
While I was writing this post, I thought I bet Joyce Meyer has something to say on this subject. So I looked it up and, sure enough, she says it better than I ever could