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#299: Being Positive and Grateful Takes Practice

Monday, April 26, 2010

A rebellious teenager, a car on its last legs, the loss of a job, or in my recent case, a broken computer. All serious problems on their own that will not automatically change for the better simply because we practice being grateful for the difficulties and seek the positives in the problems.

"Joyful are they who can perceive problems as projects, difficulties as opportunities and troubles as challenges." William Arthur Ward

Recently I have been beset by untimely car repairs, house plumbing repairs and now the past few days, with computer repairs. All costly and inconvenient. The computer was the most difficult of the problems to handle because I had to scurry around town to the library and to our neighborhood center and use one of theirs within their limited available hours. To top it off, I didn't have the funds on hand for the computer's repairs or for a new one if it came to that.

But my faith that all things would work out somehow never wavered. Although the computer still has a couple of glitches, I can now sit at home and use it at my convenience. As for the repair cost, a friend loaned me the money to pay for them, knowing I will be able to pay him back soon from an editing assignment I received two days ago. Plus, knowing the situation, the computer repairman cut his normal fee in half. Praise the Lord for these small miracles!

So, yes, times are hard for many of us but that is no reason to stop looking for the positives in our lives and practicing being grateful for our difficulties.

Doing so will not automatically temper the angry teenager's mood or turn the broken down clunker into a new model or make a job or a new computer suddenly appear, but, really, what is the option, to wallow in despair and self-pity?

For me, I prefer to look to the heavens and trust with my mind, my heart and my soul that the problems will resolve themselves to our advantage. Sure, the difficulties we face are real, but so is faith and belief that things will be better and work out for the best.

Being positive and grateful does take practice. But in my opinion it is time well spent.
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  • DANCEMORE
    we can have positive attitude and be grateful because we know Him and He is always faithful. We know this from His Word. As you have obviously learned.

    makes me think of
    Psalm 37:25
    I have been young and now I am old,
    Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
    Or his descendants begging bread.
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    Praising God, for His provision for you! emoticon
    3962 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    How I thank God for the blessings you have received! Those are the direct result of answered prayer. So many of us are lifting you up in prayer. I do believe we can make a big difference by our attitudes. At least a difference to US. lol Love ya, Lou!!

    *hugs*

    Missy
    3962 days ago
  • PENNYAN45
    Your positive attitude is wonderful! You keep a good perspective on things. Basically,
    it's just LIFE!

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    3962 days ago
  • IAMWINNING
    Praise the Lord, indeed! I'm so glad the computer repairman cut his rate for you, and that you have a friend to lend you money in your need. I'm very happy for you, Lou.
    Nancy
    3962 days ago
  • GIBBLES5
    I am a true-believer in everything happens for a reason!

    Well, I am glad that you are always able to maintain your positive attitude Lou... no matter what is thrown at you!!!

    ~Kim
    3962 days ago
  • KENDRACARROLL
    We'll be keeping the faith :)
    Things tend to work themselves out most of the time, sooner or later, and not always in a way we expect. Just part of life's great adventures...
    I believe it's all part of a bigger picture. However, that does not necessarily make it easier when you're in the middle of tough.
    Glad you have your computer back so we can read your posts every day :)
    3963 days ago
  • JUSTDUCKY1405
    Amen! Beautifully said... AS ALWAYS! You are so inspiring! So glad things worked out in the end, as your unwavering faith in it all never dissappointed and came with unexpected surprises and added reinforcement that as you said...

    "Being positive and grateful does take practice. But in my opinion it is time well spent."
    3963 days ago
  • MARYANNSQUEST
    Lou, as always great words to live by! I just found out that my son was laid-off his job over the weekend and I plan with your permission to use your words for encouragement. Thank you and God Bless
    3963 days ago
  • SPARKLOVE
    You are blessed Lou, to have a friend who could loan you the money you needed . Also that God, moved the repair Man's heart to reduce your bill. Woo Hoo! Rejoicing with you! Joy
    3963 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    Your positive perspective on things, Lou, makes all the difference! Preach on, brother! emoticon Lori
    3963 days ago
  • no profile photo ENJOYINGMYLIFE
    Good blog! Perspective does make such a difference! Blessings! Cathy
    3963 days ago
  • TINKERBELL200
    Love that quote Lou, I may have to borrow it, to meditate on and share with others! I'm so thankful again, all has worked out for you again! God is Good All the time! Thank you for sharing this! It just reinforces how positive thinking and actions work in our favor, no matter what happens!!!
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    Lynne
    3963 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2279933
    Awesome perspective! And Praise God for the little blessings that keep us going emoticon
    3963 days ago
  • HAPPYWRITER7
    Thank You Lou, for the reminder that - it's not the problem, but how we react to it that serves to teach us in the end.
    3963 days ago
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