I love my life.
Is it perfect? By no means. Is it tough? You have NO idea. Is it fun? Often. Is it filled with grace, mercy, love, and joy? Absolutely.
Life has given me so many twists and turns lately, it’s hard to count just how many.
Through the deepest of trenches I’ve ever walked, I’ve been molded and shaped by a Creator who loves me and wants me to step into my designed purpose.
Every one of us deals with crap in our lives. Let’s be real. We ALL do. There is stuff that happens that no one would want to deal with.
It can be anything from a losing a loved one, being forced to be a caregiver, working a job you don’t like just because you need the money, losing a job, getting an awful diagnosis, etc. However, I wholeheartedly believe that what we get out of life and how we make it to the other side of these not-so-nice circumstances is how we think about them.
What goes on in our heads determines our attitudes and actions.
What do you think when something goes wrong or not as planned?
How do you initially view a challenge, problem, or issue you must deal with?
Need a real-life example? Here’s one I live out almost every day of my life…
My daughter has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular health condition. We have run about every test that 5 neurologists could think of. We have even done nerve conduction studies, an EMG, MRI, spinal tap, biopsy, etc. – all that over the past 6 years and the only thing we know is that she is biopsy-positive for Celiac (gluten intolerant) and shows polyperipheral neuropathy with no known cause.
Poly = many, peripheral = arms & legs, neuropathy = disease of the nerves
So, that in and of itself could be viewed 2 different ways – the first, initial way most people would probably view this situation is “Crap! We still know nothing!” The second way you could view this is more like “at least we know which things it’s not and can mark those off the list with every test we do.”
See the difference?
Let me take it a step further.
I could view her inability to make her legs work like her brain wants them to as a frustration. I could look at the fact that she’s got the only physical problems out of all the kids attending her school as a obvious sign that something is not normal. I could focus on her frustrating days and her own lack of understanding exactly what’s going on and why she’s different from all of her friends and school mates.
Or I can look at how blessed she is to not be in pain which is usually associated with neuropathy. I can view how awesome it is that everyone knows who she is at school because of her use of a power chair and walker and absolutely loves her. I can witness firsthand how her wonderful attitude and joy speaks volumes to people about working through their own struggles with grace and joy because they see how gracefully she deals with her physical issues as though they aren’t a problem most of the time.
There are so many uncertainties in life. It doesn’t mean there can’t be goodness found in everything that comes across our path.
Start looking for the good in life. Start looking for the blessings in what you would typically consider a bad situation. Start choosing to see the silver lining of the rain cloud. There is beauty, grace, joy, and contentment to be found there.
The more you practice noticing silver linings, the more you will see. Do you have any good silver lining stories to share?
One thing is certain in this life… we are all blessed beyond measure!
Jessica Stone is a serial entrepreneur and mom of 4 – 3 with special needs and a set of twins. Her daughter has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her family with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!