Overwhelmed with Thankfulness
Sometimes as I go through my day, whether it be working out, cooking dinner, grocery shopping, teaching, writing, or designing cool shoes, I am just overwhelmed with thankfulness. Do you ever just think about your life and realize how amazing it is? I do. Almost every single day.
Granted, my husband and I both went through horribly awful, sad, uncomfortable points in our lives before we settled into this happy phase together, but sometimes I catch myself waiting for the other shoe to drop! I feel like I don't deserve to be this happy. I didn't earn my wonderful husband, my loving son, our beautiful home or our sweet cuddly dog....
I especially feel this way when I think about other countries and some of the awful conditions in which people live day to day, how Christians are persecuted and killed, and I wonder why God allowed me to be one of the people who doesn't have to suffer those things.
I am deeply grateful for the time and place God chose to bring me into this world. I hope I never take the life He gave me for granted and I hope that I use my life for whatever purpose He has given it to me for.
I was recently reading "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey and in it he talks about your perspective, or your paradigm. Sometimes we need a paradigm shift. In other words, a change in our worldview. This is because our attitudes and actions stem from our perspective/paradigm/worldview. He tells a story about how he was riding the subway one day when a man with two kids plops down and closes his eyes. The mans children were loud and disturbing everyone so Mr Covey leaned over and asked the man if he might control his children a little more. The man replied that he probably should. They had just come from the hospital where his wife died shortly before and he didn't know what to do and wasn't sure his kids were handling it properly either. Of course Mr. Coveys perspective changed in that moment.
In my life, I could choose to be negative about any number of things, but if my perspective is right I will choose to be thankful. I'm so far from perfect, but one thing I know is that choosing a positive/thankful attitude makes my life a whole lot more enjoyable :)