Over the past year I have been through so many life changes. I’ve been through heartbreak, failures at work, my body physically breaking down, death of significant people in my life… you name it. All of that can take its toll on you. It has taken its toll on me physically, mentally, and above all, emotionally. But the crazy thing about all that negative stuff happening is that there is so much positivity that surrounds it if we choose to look at it though that lens.
I was a young kid when 9/11 happened. I remember watching all the coverage with my mom when I got home from school. I didn’t really understand what was going on. But what I remember seeing and I continue to learn about today is the incredible acts of good that came out of those four acts of terror. Firefighters and police officers from all over the country went to New York to help. The country bonded together like no other time in my lifetime. You hear stories about people like Todd Beamer and The Man in the Red Bandana. These stories serve as constant reminders to me and hopefully all of us that even in the most troubling times, if we choose to look, we can find incredible positivity that reminds us that this world is good and things will be okay.
I would regard myself as an extremely positive person, almost overly positive at times. But for someone as positive as me, this past year has challenged my perspective and overall outlook on life. I have bad days. Early in the year I had some really bad days. But if I take a step back, I can see that there is so much good going on in my life and there is so much to be thankful for. I have people looking out for me, investing in me, and helping me become the person that I know I can become. I don’t know why some of the things happen to us, but I know that if we take a step back, we can look at situation from an unbiased perspective and see that what we see as negative might end up being the best thing that ever happened to us.
Listen, I know I said I’m positive, but that doesn’t mean I am denying the fact that going through struggles really sucks. I listened to a motivational speaker today and he said that God’s plan is so much better than our plan, his timing is better than our timing, and our thoughts about how our life should go are nowhere near as amazing as God’s plan for us. I need reminded of that all the time, that’s basically why I’m writing this! Whatever you’re going through, try to step back and look at it objectively. Even more importantly, try to step back and see the good that is going on in your life. If you do, I bet you will find so much of it, and I bet when you’re thinking of it there will be big smile on your face.