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#183: Life Is Too Short

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I've read today and in recent members' blogs about the loss of relatives, some sudden, others after extended illnesses. I've read of job losses and other misfortunes.

Each incident reminded me that life is too short.

It's too short being unhappy with our life's circumstances.

True, many people today are suffering financially, and many are overweight, some are lonely, some are bitter.

But does happiness lie in life's circumstances? Or does true happiness come from something inside of us, a spirit, an essence, that tells us that, yes, times are tough, but we needn't be unhappy about it, or sad, or depressed?

Norman Vincent Peale once said, "No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities - always see them, for they're always there."

It's easy to hang our heads in despair. But it's healthier for our bodies and our emotions if we lift our sights toward the heavens and give thanks for what we do have.

"Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some," advised Charles Dickens.

Can you see? Hear? Talk? Read? Move about? Can you feel love? Companionship? Friendship?

Then your blessings abound. Let's don't be bitter about what we do not have but give thanks for what we do have.

"Whatever you put into your mind - in one way or another - is what you will get back out - in one way or another." Shad Helmstetter

What do you put into your mind every day?

Negatives? Woes? Sadness?

Or joy at being alive? The beauty of a sunrise or sunset or the singing of birds or the pure laughter of little children or the funny antics of small puppies and kittens?

It has been said many different ways, "As you think, so you are."

Why choose sadness and despair when we can choose happiness and joy?

As former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said:

"I doubt if there is among us a more useful citizen than the one who holds the secret of banishing gloom, of making tears give way to laughter, of supplanting desolation and despair with hope and courage, for hope and courage always go with a light heart."

Which will you choose today?
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  • LESLIES537
    emoticon Your collection of blogs is inspiring. When my Spark friends are feeling down I can always come and find the perfect blog of yours to help encourage them. Thank you for that! emoticon
    3731 days ago
    Thank you, Lou. This is a good reminder to us that the here and now IS temporary, and that what counts, what is important, is eternal - and that should remind us that we have JOY IN JESUS, and to nor worry about earthly things. Nancy emoticon
    4075 days ago
    Sometimes this can be the most difficult of things to do for me, but I have not given up and have found the blessings I do have in life to bring that comfort and smiles to my heart.

    Thank you for sharing... great blog!
    4077 days ago
    I choose hope and courage every day.
    4077 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4114015
    Thank you, Lou for another astounding blog. I choose to be positive and keep adding to my grateful journal that you also instigated. God Bless you and Happy New Year, my friend!
    4077 days ago
    Thanks for the thought-provoking blog. My favorite saying is:

    "Whatever you put into your mind - in one way or another - is what you will get back out - in one way or another." Shad Helmstetter

    I try to remind myself of it often. It is so hard, though. Thanks for putting it in a new light.

    4077 days ago
    Yes, life is too short. My dad passed away this year (he was only 54), so I am definitely reminded of that often. I love your blogs and they give me so much hope and motivation.
    4077 days ago
    I like the quote "Life is too short no matter how long you live"...so true! When anyone makes me really upset I find it helpful to say to myself, "I have every right to be angry ,but I choose not to exercise it". Little saying can help us battle gloom and doom . You are right-happiness should not be based on our circumstances. Circumstances can change good to bad, or bad to good in a matter of minutes , but happiness is of our choosing. It is much better to work on unhappy circumstances with a upbeat spirit.
    4077 days ago
  • NKONZ53
    Thank you for your blog, I agree life is too short to be not to make the best out of every day. Take care.

    4077 days ago
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