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#506: Unexpected Blessings II

Thursday, August 18, 2011

"I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances."
Martha Washington (1732 - 1802)

Life is often funny. Not just funny ha ha but funny weird at how things work out.

A couple of days ago while taking out my contact lenses one of them popped out and disappeared even though I had my head bent over the sink. I was happy to find it on the floor intact (I stepped on one in the past). That saved me frustration, $65 for a new lens and a trip to the eye doctor.

Today I ran a couple of errands, got home and took a nap to get rid of a headache before bowling league tonight. A half-hour before the alarm was to go off the phone rang so I stayed up, went out to get the mail and saw a flat tire on the car. I was thankful it happened at home in the shade and not on the major highway I drove on earlier in 93 degree weather. If the phone hadn't cut short the nap, I wouldn't have had time to change the tire, get cleaned up, get extra air in the spare and get to league on time.

Funny, huh, how things work out?

Two months ago I bought new tires for the front of the car but was waiting to get ones for the back. Now that decision has been made for me and I'll get the other two new ones tomorrow.

Next week is our league payoff so with what I saved on the contact lens and the bowling prize money, the tires are about 2/3rds paid for. A nice bonus.

I have learned not to get upset and angry over setbacks but to look on the bright side and be grateful for unexpected blessings such as these this week. I have found that this attitude makes life more bearable and difficulties easier to handle.

For let's face it -- difficulties will happen and many times at the most inopportune times. But looking at the circumstances surrounding them and seeing the good fortune in the situations helps our dispositions and fills our hearts with happiness and thankfulness.

The next time something goes wrong for you try to acknowledge all of the positive aspects of what you face. If you do, you will find peace and not anger, acceptance and not despair, gratitude and not bitterness.

This attitude works for me whether life's tribulations are funny ha ha or funny weird. I'm confident it will work for you, too.
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    I agree and that is how I look at things and I have that PEACE that passes all understanding. emoticon emoticon Linda
    3478 days ago
    I love this post and the quote. Great attitude to have!!
    3479 days ago
    I agree, those blessing may not come when we want them to but they will diffently come when we need them. Great Blog. Thanks for sharing.
    3479 days ago
    How we react to adversity makes all the difference.

    Wendy emoticon
    3479 days ago
    Great blog, Lou, and thanks for the reminder to be positive! emoticon
    3481 days ago
    Happy and cheerful is so nice & unusual. I know just a handful of people like that so that makes you even more special.
    3481 days ago
  • HRCS740
    Lou, emoticon blog. What you are saying is so true. I know that if I make the changes of my attitude and look at my disasters as funny ha ha or funny weird my life would be calmer and happier. I am still in the process of not worrying about anything that may come my way but to ask God what do you want me to learn or show me through this situation (tribulation &/or trial). I have to remind myself to ask the Lord to teach me to find life's humor through all that occurs and comes my way! emoticon emoticon
    3481 days ago

    Love it that you find the blessings in all instances! Thanks for sharing. It will make me look through different "lenses" today!
    3482 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    Yes, things have a funny way of working out sometimes. You have such a great attitude. Truly contagious! emoticon
    3482 days ago
    Positive people are successful people.
    3482 days ago
  • SUSAN134
    "I have learned not to get upset and angry over setbacks but to look on the bright side and be grateful for unexpected blessings such as these this week. I have found that this attitude makes life more bearable and difficulties easier to handle. "

    A very wise statement and one that we should all try and follow! emoticon
    3482 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    I try to live by the same attitude. I learned the hard way that stressing out never changes the outcome. Now I chose to look for the silver lining in every cloud.
    3482 days ago
  • CHARMIN944
    You're right about looking at the positive. It's comforting to know that whatever circumstances are, big or small, God is in the midst of it all. These bad circumstances teaches us to rely on the Lord. It's the most wonderful blessing to have.
    3482 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    In the midst of winder, I found there was within me an invincible summer. - Albert Careb
    3482 days ago
    How great is our God! He has already provided much of the money you'll need for the tires, and I know He will provide the rest in His time. Thank you for sharing.
    3482 days ago
    Great observations! Difficulties always seems to happen at inopportune times...that's what makes them difficult. It's so very easy to get caught up in complaining and bitterness. Bitterness and resentment can be fed or it can be starved by replacing it with looking for God's blessings and lessons in your life events.

    Glad everything worked out!

    Take care.

    3482 days ago
    Oh, LOU! You are so RIGHT! It seems some disaster or another is always at my doorstep, in my face, or just around the corner! If I would take this attitude more often, and just BREATHE, knowing that things always do turn out for the best, I would be so much better off! Great blog, and one I'll try to remember when the next calamity comes my way! emoticon
    3482 days ago
    We're promised that all things work together for our good. Taking the time and making the effort to find out how that is taking place is the key. Be blessed today!!
    3482 days ago
    As always a wonderful blog.
    3482 days ago
    emoticon I agree! You were meant to be woken earlier!

    It was like me going out to the garage when I don't normally do so to find an internal light still on in the car. DH had been fiddling with the interior lights eralier. So I was able to turn it off and saved not getting a flat battery!
    3482 days ago
    So true! I've been trying to use this mentality with Kadi's scheduling conflict with Lexi's. I am trying to remain positive and believe that there is a reason I am not getting what I had hoped for.

    Glad it all worked out for you Lou!
    3482 days ago
    So glad that everything worked out for you and you continue counting your blessings. Hope you had a great bowling night!!! I know it always helps me to count my blessings too and look on the bright side. There is enough negative things in the world today...a positive attitude definitely works for me...always!!!
    Continued blessings and hugs,
    3482 days ago
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