I’m going to be honest here, I have no idea what to write this week. This is me shooting from the hip because I had the kind of week that made me want to start a fight. Like, a real fight. A fist fight! That’s not me. I’m one of the tamest ladies you’ll ever meet (in terms of going all drama, Jersey Shore-ish).
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned this week is to hold on to this verse:
and to believe in this:
Because there will be thousands of opportunities over the course of my lifetime to become that bitter, cranky old hag that nobody wants to be around. The one who dwells on the injustices, the disappointments and the mistakes. The one who feels cheated by the system because of increased responsibility and decreased pay. The one who feels unheard because only a few hundred people read her book. The one who is kind to others yet receives rudeness in return.
But let me tell you, I am bound and determined to not be that woman. I have set my sights on a greater purpose and I will go into my 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 100s (?!) with a smile. I know who my examples are. I watch closely how they live their lives, and I work very hard – very hard – to emulate. By doing the following:
– Genuine laughter on a daily basis.- Deep breaths
– Picking my battles
– Hugging at least one person every day
– Listening to encouraging music every day
– Letting only encouraging people deeply into my life
– Staying healthy
– Wearing clothes that make me feel good
– Taking my weekend and not feeling guilty for not working
– Cuddling with my dog
– Practicing good hygiene
– Not watching too much TV
– Regular conversations with people who keep me grounded
And I will focus on what is…
True: we are wholly and completely loved.
Noble: doing the right thing.
Just: Good people being given favor in the form of healed sickness and affordable housing.
Pure: a child’s heart, a puppy’s cuddle
Lovely: that sunrise.
Commendable: standing up for each other, serving one another.
Moral excellence: a boy giving back what his father stole.
Praise: the sick becoming cancer-free, finding the right song at the right time, a beautiful sun-shiney day.
I truly, from the bottom of my heart, wish for you a resilient heart that bounces back, resists the negative, and simply enjoys life’s big and small givings.