Not so long ago I wouldn't have believed I could be so happy. Well, that's not entirely true. I've been more of an optimist than a pessimist throughout my life. There was a period of anger, depression and hopelessness, but that is behind me now.
I believe those dark years were necessary to create in me a grateful heart. It's "season" here in Venice, FL. The streets are crowded, the store shelves are empty and life is not flowing as easily as it usually does. Most locals lament the "season", wishing the snow birds away. I'm happy it's seasonal and they are just enjoying the beauty I get to live with everyday.
Although I'm happy it's Saturday, the days of trudging through the week for two happy days at the end, are over. I am grateful and thankful everyday. Look forward to everyday as if it's Saturday. I love my job and my everyday life, even on hard days.
Ed and I were watching a movie last weekend. One of the characters was on trial for a serious crime. He remained calm and steady no matter what was going on. His attorney kept asking him: "Aren't you worried!?" to which he replied: "Would it help?" I LOVE THAT!
Jesus asks the question in Matthew 6:27 “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?" The answer is no. The only thing worry accomplishes is more wrinkles, gray hair and robs us of any joy or peace we may enjoy otherwise.
Of course I'm human and not always the picture of reserve and faith. That said, I can work toward that end. Look at the sunny side. No matter how cloudy it is, the sun is still shining above the clouds.
Fantasizing the freedom to stay at peace even when dark days come.