That’s life right?
Each day is a new page, dawn’s light brings the new beginning and the hour we decide to call it done, is page end. As our eyes open, we are gifted with the opportunity to create out of the day what we will. Positions and situations may dictate what we are able to physically accomplish, but our heart and mind dictate our attitude and determination. Like that first cup of coffee, what we put into it, determines the flavor.
For a while,back when I was working, my alarm would shatter the quiet at slightly past three thirty in the morning. I would hit the snooze button a couple of times before I finally gave up and gave in to the fact I had to begin my day. Once moving the routine began. Getting dressed, breakfast, lunch packed, final day preparations then out the door. I was usually up and about alone, the house quiet. Everything accomplished in a near robotic manner. Subconsciously grumbling about another day of the same old stuff. Work responsibilities varied, but the mood rarely changed. Do what you had to, watch the clock, and then go home. Exhausted and mentally spent. I had to come to an understanding of that attitude thing.
I began to look at life, even and especially the every day and often mundane things, as an adventure. You can enjoy it, or struggle through, its your choice. You can look at everything with new eyes and appreciation, or not. It is up to you. No matter the storms, no matter the struggles. No matter the degree of difficulty, attitude is key to how to make a day better. That doesn’t mean the difficulty and struggle will go away, it simply means you will get through it better.
There will be times when we turn a page, and find out that we are beginning a new chapter. A part of our life has ended, another then begins. Without going into too much details as that would make this write too long and time consuming I will share this. My life has had many chapters. Loss of grandparents who helped raise me and my brothers. Failed relationships that left many mental and emotional scares. A battle with cancer. Dealing with my now late husband’s job loss and career changes. A battle with breast cancer. The loss of my husband and almost two years later the loss of my brother. My job loss and taking early retirement. All drastic chapter changes.
Each new chapter has its own problems and villains. Our mindset determines largely how the chapter will progress. Our determination shows us and brings us to how it all works out. There are times when we feel that all the people in our life has abandoned us and we are struggling through alone. The emotions that accompanies much of what we face a storm that is threatening to swamp and drag our ship of life down to the bottom drowning ever chance of happiness. One of the things that is amazing, is that life has balance. Spring-Fall, Summer-Winter. Hot-cold, dark light. Sad-happy. Angry-calm; restless-content. The list obviously continues but again for brevity and having made a point, I’ll move on. It is up to us, individually, to create and hold onto the determination to have good days.
For myself, I discovered that when I keep my life rooted in my faith and trust in God, that determination is much easier. Especially when I listen to the leading and obey, but being human with human failings, I do sometimes miss. When I do though, when I walk in faith, when I leave my heart and spirit open to Him, I feel the strength and peace that I don’t possess. When I am accepting, I feel His light fill the dark places trying to take over within me. When I pray, when I communicate with God, my struggles ease. Life will not be perfect, it isn’t meant to be. Life is a journey and we are the sojourners passing through on our way home.
Have you ever sat beside a stream, watching the water flow past and feeling the peace it can bring within you? I have heard often that the water that passes, will never be that way again. Once it has moved by, making its way to the sea, it is gone. Each water droplet that makes up that stream is different, even that which falls as rain, is different. It is never again the same. I look at prayer in a similar fashion. When we pray, we hand over our worries, our battles, our struggles to God. Like that flowing water, He takes them away when we actually trust in Him and let go. Just as in the water that continues, just as in the rain that falls, there will be more struggles, but even if they are still part of an ongoing battle, they are not the same, they are different. We have learned, we have trusted, we have placed our faith in God. He Who gives us strength, peace and understanding. A knowledge that when we turn the page, when we face those new chapters, we aren’t alone. Even when no one, friend or family stands beside us, He is with us and will always be with us. Even until the end of time.
Turn that page, start that new chapter in peace and anticipation. Even if we must leave others behind in the old chapter, the new chapter and new adventures await us along our journey. Even if and especially when life throws us a curve ball changing everything to which we had grown accustomed. Accept what is, even if there is pain. Accept that life changes along with what is within. Accept that until our book ends, we will face and endure much. It is how we endure, how we decide to see this life, that is what matters.