Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Half Full

"...Cynical nature blinded them to any blessings that might have been present. Consequently, the misery upon which they constantly focused was what life handed them."--Lynn Roberts (who is actually a man...surprise!)

As I was doing the reading for this little challenge dealio, I totally thought about how sometimes I just trudge through life and forget about all of the absolutely amazing things the world has to offer.  If I just take the time for oh, I don't know, 3 seconds, to just look around and think about all that life has to offer me, there is just no way I can be down on myself.  When I want to just quit school because it feels like all I do is homework, I just need to step back, grab a bag of popcorn, and rewind.  Hello.  Duh.  There are approximately 4372893478 things that have happened in the past minute that I should totally be grateful for.  My eyes to read, my hands to type, this chair to sit on, this warm building to be in, this quiet place to think in, these nice lights to help me see, this computer to work on, this fast internet to use, these books to learn from, these beautiful people to look at...ha. 

No, but really.  So much to be grateful for, so little reason to complain.

"No one of us is less treasured or cherished of God than another...He loves each of us--insecurities, anxieties, self-image, and all. He doesn’t measure our talents or our looks;...He cheers on every runner, calling out that the race is against sin, not against each other.”--Jeffrey R. Holland.

Stop competing with others (unless it is a straight-face contest you are competing in).  Focus on your own accomplishments.  Seriously, this is like the theme of my life lately.  It keeps coming up in my classes.  Forget about comparing yourself to others because, news flash: that's not going to do you any good.  Something that I would like to focus on is taking the time to recognize your growth and improvement, however small and seemingly insignificant.  For example, I woke up five minutes earlier than usual today.  Somehow I still ended up leaving at the same time, but I did it! (I swear, there has got to be some explanation for that--no matter what time I wake up, I am still ready at the same time, regardless of whether I've had two hours to get ready or two minutes.  I think it's a disease).

We all have insecurities and anxieties and to some extent, we all have self-image problems.  It's nice to know that there are people who are pushing me along, supporting me, and helping me to become a better person each day.  There is so much in this world to smile about!

Shoot.  It's been thirteen minutes already.  I really have to stop or I will seriously go on for hours.  It's embarrassing.

1 comment:

Lena said...

You are just on a roll with your blog posts as of late. I am very lucky your life is just so much more interesting than mine because then I get to read about all the interesting insights you make. You write the way you speak and if I close my eyes I think I can hear Stacy in the room. And that just makes me happy! Miss ya.