As we go through the holidays, it can be so easy to see what we lack, what is missing etc.., but Jesus said to be of good cheer, even in the midst of pain, be of good cheer for he overcame this world, he did so via gratitude, via prayer, connection to the Father, his Creator. I can be all sad, stay sad about what I lack, any financial shortfalls, and believe me depending on government programs for your day to day sustenance can make anyone depressed. I can be sad about nor having a life partner, a good man to share my life with, but then again, best to focus for a time now on getting healthy. I have time for God to bring me into union with that person. I can find stuff to frown about every day just by way of how messed up we humans are and the world is. However, I can also do the opposite and go through the prompts each day, take two prompts.
What makes me smile? Children playing, smiling, being children is always a joy. Music, song, poetry makes me smile, as certain ones can bring back such great memories. Writing, singing, teaching, they make me smile because I am touching spirits and hearts. The beauty of nature, the complexities of nature showing the amazement that is God, our Creator, makes me smile. These things all make me smile, so if I can think of these things then any darkness is pushed out, doesn’t mean I don’t resolve issues, but I choose to live my days grateful for the things that make me smile. What makes you smile? What do I love about myself? This question is not meant to be narcissistic, but rather be grateful for any gift, talent the Lord gave us. What about myself am I grateful for? My ability to be firm and fierce in my faith, general faith principles, have one hell of a debate, raunchy one even and then still be best friends. Rather than beat myself up about immaturity in the past, I can instead focus on positive traits in the present. I am determined to make a conscious effort to live in gratitude each day, each and every day. Will you join me? I hope so.
Namaste, Shalom and Amen