I received this email from a friend yesterday—right at a time when life has not been easy. My husband has spent 13 days in the hospital—is home but still far from being well. As each new, discouraging report has come in, I have had to fight defeat…and tears!! I think God knew I needed to be encouraged and reminded to be thankful for my blessings. I hope this message will also bless you.
A famous writer was in his study. He picked up his pen and began writing: “Last year, my gallbladder was removed. I was stuck in bed due to this surgery for a long time.
The same year I reached the age of 60 and had to give up my favorite job. I had spent 30 years of my life with this publishing company.
The same year I experienced the death of my father.
In the same year my son failed in his medical exam because he had a car accident. He had to stay in the hospital with a cast on his leg for several days. And, the destruction of the car was a second loss.”
His concluding statement: “Alas! It was such a bad year!!”
When the writer’s wife entered the room, she found her husband looking dejected, sad and lost in his thoughts.
She carefully and surreptitiously read what he had written, silently left the room and came back shortly with another piece of paper on which she had written her summary of the year’s events placing it beside her husband’s paper.
When her husband saw that she had written something in response to his account of the year’s events, he read:
Last year I finally got rid of my gallbladder which had given me many years of pain.
I turned 60 with sound health and retired from my job. Now I can utilize my time to write better and with more focus and peace.
The same year my father, at the age of 95 without depending on anyone and without any critical conditions, met his Creator.
The same year, God blessed my son with life. My car was destroyed, but my son was alive and without permanent disability.
At the end she wrote: “This year was an immense blessing and it passed well!!
The same incidents but different viewpoints . . . .
MORAL: In our daily lives we must see that it’s not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.
ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING … And attitude is the one thing that we always, in every circumstance, have control over.
May we continue to see life’s blessings as we move forward on our life’s journey …even on difficult days
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