I am in the middle of a MAJOR life lesson right now. I'm learning a lot about how little control we really often have. Although we like to think we're the ones running things, that control is so often just an illusion. We cannot control rude or dangerous drivers, although we might yell or honk in an attempt to do so. We cannot control other people, situations, the world or a loved one making a poor choice. We might think we can somehow control these things, and even spend large amounts of time and energy worrying about them, playing out scenario after scenario in our heads in an attempt to gain control. But ultimately, the only things we really control are ourselves, and our reactions to things.
This life lesson is teaching me to accept what I cannot control, and to instead focus my energy on myself and how I react. I want to react to things with kindness and compassion; with gratitude and patience; with thanksgiving and with love. We cannot control the world, but we can seek to have a grateful heart. Gratitude is not an illusion. We can look for gratitude, even in the midst of the most utterly frustrating experiences.
I am grateful
For everyday, taken-for-granted kinds of things:
~for health -for this body of mine, with it's aches & pains, issues, and extra pounds
~for family- a nearby loving and supportive network
~for freedoms and liberties in this country I love
~for friends without whom life would be boring and dull
For overflowing abundances:
~of God's love
~of blessings too numerous to count
~of simple joys, like sweet bedtime kisses or 'just because' hugs
For constant, unshakeable blessings:
~my wonderful, handsome husband and sons
~my brothers and sisters, by both blood and marriage, living near or far.
~my beautiful, imperfect home and gardens
For first world conveniences that would be third world wonders:
~freshly brewed morning coffee where others thirst simply for clean water
~a home with running water where others go homeless and unwashed
~a refrigerator stocked full of food where others go hungry
Most of all, I am grateful that I have been given so much, because with this abundance comes the opportunity to share it with others, and share the blessings.
I am grateful.