Let’s be honest. Starting out positive is no problem. Maintaining optimism in the “real” world and finishing strong is hard. It’s easy to join the complainers, but the satisfaction is shallow and short-lived. And they have plenty of players on their team.
I commented to friends that this past year would make a good country song. My lawn mower died. My roof rotted 15 years early. My furnace and air conditioner croaked. My new tires are worn. I am earning an honorary degree at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Hospital with Molly (torn ACL) and Lily (allergies). Family health challenges including hip replacements, knee replacement, breast cancer and other daily ailments …
Life becomes linear and flat when we keep score, especially when we only count the “losses.” We have many more points in the “win/blessings” column than we count or appreciate. And when we are too busy keeping score, we are not playing and enjoying the game. We keep swinging the bat and missing the ball.
Who we become through life’s unfolding takes us well beyond merely tallying points. We choose to move through our life with grace and gratitude or self-pity and complaint.
Let’s really be honest. We have what it takes to rise higher and discover the depth and dimension of a life well lived. And when we fall short, we get back up and keep fighting the good fight. Never giving up on seeking, finding and sharing the light that is the true essence and mystery of life.
Hope and encouragement win the day.
“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope.” – Romans 5:3-4